Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – Oh my! That’s what was heard throughout Shallotte Middle School on November 14, when over five hundred parents, students, and family members came out for a Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) and SMS Family STEM-Fest. Participants learned how STEM concepts play an important role in our everyday lives and able to perform experiments and tests on the science concepts. From Floating Pennies to Binary Wizards, students and parents became scientists and tested their theories to see first-hand how science works.
There were experiments of mass dispersion in how much weight from pennies an aluminum boat would hold before sinking or using dry ice and water bubbles to show density of two competing objects. There were 23 different STEM stations where parents and students received hands on experience with demonstrations and experiments.
CIS and SMS school staff were on hand working stations and teaching science lessons in a fun and memorable way. STEM based businesses from the community also had demonstration tables to show how STEM makes a difference in their work and the environment we live in. Some examples of STEM stations for participants included: Brunswick County Early College Girls that Code and the Sea Perch Robot, Brunswick County High School Robotics, Duke Energy Plasma Ball , Brunswick Soil and Water Conservation Enviro Scape, 4H Youth Development Bottle Rockets, Cygnus Technologies Pipettes, Ingram Planetarium Pasta Challenge, UNCW STEM kits; Drops on a Penny, Floating Pennies, Ghost Bubbles, GAK, Brush Bots, Binary Wizard, Ping Pong Practice, Cartesian Divers, and Roller Coaster.
CIS and SMS provided each student/parent with a STEM passport to have checked off for each STEM station visited. Once the passport was filled by visiting and completing all of the stations, it became a “golden ticket”. Students and parents were able to use the golden tickets to get hotdogs, popcorn, and ice cream sundaes as well as raffle prizes donated by Village Point United Methodist Church from the school cafeteria.
Pictures of the STEM-fest Family Night can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/pg/CISBrunswick/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10159637876570367
For more information about CIS of Brunswick County and our Action for Success program, please contact the CIS office at 910-832-3494 or visit www.cisbrunswick.org.