UWEX 4-H Youth Development organized a “Power-Up with STEM” event on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 at MATC Walker Square. About 56 students, grades 5-8, came from all over Milwaukee to engage in workshops and booths designed to spark interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. All of the students that came were new to the 4-H Youth Development program, and the event blossomed with new relationships. Our Next Generation, Resilient Girls Group, Fernwood Montessori and Nativity Jesuit were among the groups that attended.
There were three workshops: Students were challenged with an engineering prompt, created an edible blood cell, and observed polymers in action. Renee Lauterbach, a teacher at Hmong American Peace Academy, led the engineering workshop where students had to create a structure out of 3 pieces of paper and a meter of tape for an egg to fall safely without breaking. Jean-Luc Vanderheyden, owner of JLVMI Consulting LLC, worked with students to create a model of a red blood cell using jello, gummy bears, chocolate chips and a marshmallow nucleus. Eva Terry and Dominique Cherry facilitated the polymers workshop, where students stuck a skewer through a balloon without popping the balloon, and observed diaper polymers expand before their eyes.
In between workshops, booths were set up by Molina healthcare and the Rufus King Robotics team and 4-H Youth Development. Students used kinetics to pedal their way to delicious smoothies. Students also got the chance to ask high school students how their robots work, and learned the places that robotics could take them, like St. Louis to compete in the regional tournaments. At the 4-H Youth Development booth students were introduced to computer coding through code.org activities.
All in all the event was a success, and 4-H Youth Development is planning on organizing a high school worksite visit in December, so stay tuned!
Special thanks to:
Our major funder U.S Cellular
And other contributors and volunteers: