Sunday, February 24, 2013

Of Cardboard Ants and Gauge Block-Lifting Robots

The Works STEMfest started at Noon today. 

My kids enjoyed it again this year.  So did 700+ other people over two days. 

This is Licking County's unique way of showing parents and kids, from preschoolers to high schoolers, the value of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to the every day workplace in their home county.

Fully 26 companies were on hand to show, hands on, how the STEM skills are used.  They did it in a fun way ranging from the trebuchet Boeing used to show the engineering of flight to the cardboard ant that PCA had for kids put together engineered from a single sheet of corrugated.

Bionetics had a robot to lift a gauge block.  Rolls Royce had a balloon race.

What community can boast such a lineup?  Well-known, national companies that are supporters of STEM education were here--Boeing, Bayer, Rolls Royce, Time Warner, and Dow to name a few.  Three Aerospace Center companies were among them too.

Can't wait until next year!

The Boeing trebuchet was a hit.
Bayer's Making Science Make Sense program was here.

Packaging Corporation of America's great cardboard ant.

Bionetics' robot, controlled by software, to lift a gauge block.

Licking Memorial Hospital let kids take over the surgery.

A high school competition to design the best polymer boat was going on there too.

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