STEM ALL STARS
Symposium gives kids hands-on STEM experience
Kids in Northern Virginia are getting a chance to learn more about opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and show off what they have learned already.
The STEM Symposium at the Nysmith School in Herndon offered children hands-on opportunities to apply STEM topics to real world applications.
Some students got some seat time with a computer joystick to take command of a virtual fighter jet. Others got crafty.
Students in one classroom were building catapults capable of tossing Ping-Pong balls and marshmallows.
There were also exhibitors to assist students interested in pursuing a STEM career.
Sajni Vederey is with STEM All-Stars, which tries to help girls pursue a career in the sciences field. The biggest problem she sees is perception and stereotyping.
“All they can picture of a programmer is a nerd typing away on his computer,” Vederey said.
But she says girls need to know that it is OK to play with Legos instead of a Barbie doll when they are young.
The exhibition also allowed students to showcase their work in a science fair.
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