New Mexico students will interact with engineers, physicists and professionals from organizations such as Albuquerque Soaring Association, U.S. Air Force/Air Force Nuclear Weapons Commission, Civil Air Patrol, Rio Rancho Public Libraries and Girl Scouts New Mexico Trails 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 1-5, 2016, 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 fourth annual educational effort designed to spark interest in students regarding the fields of science and engineering. Discover STEM Week will bring over 1,000 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 learn how simple codes can tell computers to complete complex tasks, construct musical instruments, test their flying skills with a flight simulator and much more. The week is organized around chemical engineering, nano technology, digital design and new technologies, electrical engineering and aeronautical engineering.
Sixteen local elementary and middle schools, and numerous homeschool groups, will be attending throughout the weeklong event. Through generous support from sponsors- Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories, Kirtland Federal Credit Union and Intel Corporation - all schools will receive free busing and admission to experience Discover STEM Week at the Museum.
In addition to the weeklong school activities, the Museum will host Discover STEM Day on Saturday, February 6, 2016, 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 crafting video game controllers, testing flying skills on flight simulators, experiencing demonstrations using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream, making spin art with circuits and more.
Participation in Discover STEM Day will be rewarded with a custom patch. Participation in Saturday’s event is free with Museum admission, and all Museum members are free. The application for schools wishing to attend Discover STEM Week is closed, and all accepted schools have been notified.
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