Aug'16

Garden State Council’s STEM Fun Day


by STEM Scouts



By Kevin Kelley, STEM Executive, and Stacey Ehling, Marketing and Membership Director, of Garden State Council

 

More than 50 boys and girls from 3rd-8th grade participated in the first Garden State Council STEM Fun Day. Youth hailed from five South Jersey counties for the day-long event, which featured six competitive activities and experiment stations exploring electricity and magnetism, physics, chemistry, engineering, and lots of FUN!

NJ Team Ninge

NJ Fun Day

The participants, some current STEM Scouts but most potential new members, were split into teams of four. They created their own team flag and cheer and competed throughout the day in a number of challenges including the tower building and egg drop challenge which dropped our “eggstronauts” from 100+ feet—a big thanks to our local fire department volunteers and their ladder truck!  The teams did so well with this challenge that we had five of them tie for first place with their eggs safe and secure after the 100-foot plunge to the pavement.

Egg Drop Before

Egg drop during

The dry ice station was one of the biggest hits of the day, with the youth learning about the chemical properties, making dry ice bubbles and freezing gummy worms and marshmallows into rocks and smashing them.

NJ Dry Ice Station.
Dry Ice Station
More than a dozen volunteers participated in helping make the day a success, including a middle school youth from one of our STEM Scout units that did a robotics demonstration using the VEX robot he built and programmed as part of a recent STEM Lab.

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Explore STEM Scouts, learn more and check for available Labs in your area by visiting our homepage, stemscouts.org. Are you in the Westampton, NJ area? See how you can get involved.

Photos courtesy of Stacey Ehling.

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