Tuesday, December 14, 2010

STEMFest Launched

Here we go!

Yesterday, The Works kicked off efforts for STEMFest with the release of materials to Licking County science teachers at the middle school, high school, and college levels.  The Facebook page launched too.  It all leads up to a major event on February 13, 2011.

STEMFest will be a 2011 version of the 2010 STEM Industry Days on steroids.

Build a bridge out of just toothpicks.  Students will be able to compete in this and two other problem-solving challenges with judges from Owens Corning, Rolls Royce, and Licking Valley schools.  This is a first-ever type event in Licking County that already sounds like an idea ripe for a 2012 repeat.

Control an unmanned, bigger-than-a-house, stone-crushing machine made in Licking County.  Screen Machine Industries from Western Licking County will be bringing one of their massive machines to show off.  Look for a host of other industries showing the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math to what they do every day.

Give the younger kids a passport to STEM.  The younger kids will explore advanced materials and robotics while they fill up a passport with stops at local industry, hands-on demonstrations.

It's all about giving Licking County industry an edge in the future by exposing our next generation workforce to the connection between school and industry.  It's about introducing the next generation and their parents to the value of science, technology, engineering, and math skills.

Oh, yeah.  Take action.  Mark your calendar for Sunday, February 13, 2011 at Noon until 4 p.m. or RSVP on the Facebook event page.

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