New Mexico students will interact with engineers, physicists and technicians from organizations such as Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories and the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority in a week-long, educational celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Discover STEM Week will take place 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, February 2-6, 2015, at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.
In response to the nation’s need for engineers, technicians, and other scientifically oriented professionals, the Museum will host its third annual educational effort designed to spark interest in students regarding the fields of science and engineering. Discover STEM Week will bring local students on field trips to the Museum to experience different engineering and science themes each day of the school week.
Discover STEM Week will introduce students to engineers and others working in technical fields across the city, who will be on-hand to conduct activities. Students will be able to test their flying skills on flight simulators, experience the beauty of dancing electricity with Tesla Coils, become an engineer by creating a prosthetic finger and much more. The week is organized around aeronautical engineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering and green energy initiatives, mechanical engineering, and environmental and civil engineering.
Over twenty local elementary and middle schools, and numerous homeschool groups, will be attending throughout the weeklong event. Through generous support from sponsors, all schools will receive free busing and admission to experience Discover STEM Week at the Museum.
Sponsors for the week’s events include Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories, Kirtland Federal Credit Union, NISE Network and US Bank.
In addition to the weeklong school activities, the Museum will host Discover STEM Day on Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families and Scouts are invited to experience STEM through kid-friendly experiments with local engineers and scientists. There will be activities such as rockets, flight simulators, demonstrations using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream, programming bananas to play music and more.
Participation in Discover STEM Day will be rewarded with a custom patch. Participation in Saturday’s event is free with Museum admission.
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