middle schoolers learn, explore career options at STEM 'Exploratorium'
Hundreds of area middle school students milled around the Exchange Center at Expo Square on Thursday, exploring a variety of STEM-related booths with music blaring in the background.
The Flight Night STEM Exploratorium - hosted by the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance - featured around 30 businesses and organizations that presented hands-on, interactive activities to expose students to local careers involving STEM - science, technology, engineering and math.
Flight Night, the
main sponsor of the event, focuses on inspiring students to pursue STEM
careers. Last year, Flight Night funded about 20 programs that reached
up to 20,000 students.
Event organizers said more than 1,300 students participated Thursday. Students from Tulsa, Owasso, Collinsville, Jenks, Union, Broken Arrow, as well as home school and private school students, attended the event.
Collinsville 8th grade STEM students followed these contest rules to build their marble roller coaster:
Build a roller coaster for a marble. The marble must start on one corner of the poster board, change directions at least five times, and finish in the opposite corner. Materials: (1) 18" x 24" poster board or cardboard as base (24) Index Cards (6) sheets of copy paper (8 ½" x 11") (2) empty paper towel rolls (1) cereal box (2) 16.9 oz. water bottles (5) small paper clips 72" Masking Tape 1 Marble Scholarships available for Materials Scoring Rubric: 1. Sound Design and Construction: (Up to 25 points) 2. Aesthetics: ( Up to 25 points ) 3. Creativity: ( Up to 25 points ) 4. Length of Ride: ( 1 point per second ) Restrictions: You may only use the materials listed above in your construction Your roller coaster can only be attached to the poster board The poster board must remain flat on the table You are not required to use all of the materials You may not touch your marble once the marble has started to move You may not make any changes to your design once you have declared that your roller coaster is open to the public You may test your roller coaster during construction with a "marble dummy"
Ms. Margwarth and
Ms. Hass are the STEM classroom teachers
Middle School Book Fair
is fast approaching.
All proceeds will purchase books for the Library.
Would you please help spread the word?
Collinsville Public Schools
Library Media Specialist
|-- All Photos Submitted by Kelly Hamlin|