by STEM Scouts
By Emily Elliott, Crossroads of America Council
Nearly 4,100 Hoosiers celebrated science at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 3, in Indianapolis, at the fifth annual Celebrate Science Indiana festival. STEM Scouts was on hand with the Vortex to help build on the natural curiosity that young Indiana residents have for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Celebrate Science Indiana is “a public event that demonstrates the importance of studying science and the joy of discovery, the economic value of science and its significance to society.” STEM partners in the community provide interactive on-site activities, as well as take-home activities to encourage children and families to further investigate innovative ideas.
Visitors of the STEM Scouts Vortex were encouraged to be the inventor of the next big idea with Little Bits electronics. Participants were also challenged to “float your boat” by building a boat out of a 6-by-6-inch piece of aluminum foil and testing how many pennies could be placed in the boat before it sank. The winning boat of the day held 74 pennies and was designed by a nine-year-old girl.
Be on the lookout for the STEM Scouts Vortex at a central Indiana festival or community event near you!