By Kurt Twining
Pre-Engineering and Technology Teacher
Evergreen Junior High
Last week, hundreds of volunteers from businesses and educational institutions across the valley converged on the South Towne Exposition Center to give away thousands of T-shirts, pieces of candy, flyers, business cards, Frisbees, backpacks, pencils, pens, and even sunglasses. Why all of this free stuff? They came to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to the thousands of students who would be visiting the STEM Fest from February 2-4.
All College and Career Awareness classes at Evergreen Junior High made the short bus ride to STEM Fest on Feb. 3. One student lamented “I didn’t go, but I saw a lot of my friends’ snapchat stories and it looked fun.”
Students were impressed by all of the displays and interactive booths. “It was really interactive. It was fun,” one student remarked. Another said the thing they liked best was “where you had to build a boat … to carry the most nuts. It was fun.”
Another display that impacted students was the flight simulator. One student said, “I liked the airplane simulator, I almost did a barrel!” A student nearby added, “I crashed.”
While opinions on the best booth varied, what all students agreed on was the STEM Fest was fun. Whether it was the activity by the State Highway Patrol teaching students what it is like to ‘walk the line’ under the influence, or the Paul Mitchell School students doing hair, all students found something that interested them and learned a little bit about STEM.
This blog was originally posted on the Evergreen Junior High website.