On Friday, Oct. 12, dozens of local middle school students spent the morning at Cardinal Gibbons High School launching rockets, controlling robots and exploring virtual reality at STEM Day, a day of interactive learning, hosted by the Cardinal Gibbons Science National Honor Society.
Under the direction of Thomas Herrmann, science teacher and Science National Honor Society moderator, Cardinal Gibbons students hosted several interactive demonstrations throughout the day, allowing students from local middle schools, including St. Coleman Catholic School, St. Andrew Catholic School and Lighthouse Christian School, to gain hands-on experience in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Each demonstration not only highlighted key scientific principles and concepts across multiple disciplines, including physics, biology and chemistry, but also presented these concepts in a fun and engaging manner, making STEM accessible for students at every level. Visiting students were an active part of each demonstration, participating in chemical experiments to make “slime” and “elephant toothpaste,” and even exploring the inside of a giant cell.
STEM Day is meant to encourage young students to pursue their scientific interests at the high school level and highlight the current STEM programs available for them at Cardinal Gibbons. Engaging students and allowing them to be active learners is a crucial step in sparking and sustaining a student’s interest in STEM.