STEM Learning, Engineering Promoted at APS

STEM Learning, Engineering Explored
Posted on 04/17/2019
Fourth Annual National Society of Black Engineer (NSBE) STEM Career DayOn Thursday, April 4, 100+ eighth-graders from Akron Public Schools (APS), accompanied by their school counselor, attended the fourth annual National Society of Black Engineer (NSBE) STEM Career Day at The University of Akron. 

The goal of this event is to expose young people of all ethnicity and social economic backgrounds to the opportunities of STEM and engineering through hands-on workshops, Students participated in hands-on group activities facilitated by members of NSBE. Students participated in activities that allowed them to explore mechanical, civil, chemical, aerospace and biomedical engineering. In the civil engineering activity, spaghetti noodles were used to create a tower held together by tape. In the biomedical engineering activity, students broke a Styrofoam rod in half and had to reconstruct it. This mimicked the bone breaking process and how doctors and engineers help fix broken bones. APS students had lunch with members of NSBE and had the opportunity to discuss academics, college life and the opportunities for employment after college graduation. 

The event culminated with awards for students and groups that excelled in the hands-on activities. Students also received NSBE T-shirts and a University of Akron drawstring backpack stuffed with pencils, pens, notebooks and stickers.
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