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Guiding students towards STEM careers

Family Science Festival brings interactive demonstrations

Written by Mr. Nick McClellan, Community Engagement Coordinator | March 3, 2019

We are all born scientists. From the day we come we into this world, we are constantly making predictions about how the world works and then testing those predictions for accuracy. One way to harness a students’ innate science mind is to offer hands-on, interactive science activities early in the child’s life. 

HSAT, in partnership with the Toledo Community Foundation, is taking that one step further; we are engaging students and families with interactive science demonstrations that are also aligned with STEM career paths through our annual Family Science Festival, which took place on February 14, 2019. 

“The earthquake simulator was definitely my favorite part. It would be really cool to design buildings and think about how to design them to make them more safe for people,” said a 5th grade student.

At the earthquake station, students and families to designed a structure using marshmallows and toothpicks that could withstand an “earthquake.” After a short design phase, each structure was put to the test by placing it on a spring supported platform connected to a drill that would simulate an earthquake. 

In total, our Jaguar students and families rotated through 12 different STEM stations, inspiring a love of science and a future STEM career.