STEM Day Registration |

There were written math tests in Middle School Math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Advanced Math. Students could also enter a Paper Airplane Competition, Scientific Problem Solving Competition, or Ping Pong Launcher Competition.

STEM Day |

Almost 800 students were in attendance!

Just a small portion of the students in attendance |

Tables were set up by local colleges and groups to entertain the students who were not competing at the moment.

There were dry ice cheese balls that I did not try. It was fun to watch kids try to eat them with their mouths open to let the steam escape!

Frozen Cheese Balls |

Students could try their hand at operating a robotic arm. It was harder than it looked!

Robotic Arm Trainer |

Robotic cars were on display.

Robotic Car |

This Vortex Cannon could shoot smoke rings across the room. Very cool!

Vortex Cannon |

I'm not sure what this was called, but students stood on a special plate and touched the large ball while it charged. Then, if they placed their hand near the small ball, it would force it to move.

Here are some of the airplanes that my students ended up creating for the paper airplane contest. Students were given 10 minutes to create an airplane out of 3-20 sheets of paper and 3 paper clips. Students were not allowed to cut or tear the paper in any way.

Paper Airplane Competition |

Paper Airplane Competition |

Mini rockets were constructed out of straws and paper.

Straw Rockets |

All in all, it was a fun and informative morning. Only one student ended up taking home a medal, but I'm thankful that my students were able to have this experience. As a school that offers very little in the way of upper level math and science courses, this may be the only exposure that some of my students get to the world of STEM. Plus, it was a great way for my students to see the opportunities they have to explore STEM careers through our local tech center.

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