S.T.E.M. Day Blasts Off


What can you do with vinegar, honey, food coloring, Alka Seltzer, empty soda bottles, baking soda, and eggs?  Why create a slew of fun science experiments, of course! Our Slavik Branch parking lot was transformed into a giant science lab on May 9 for our inaugural S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Day event. Our kids worked with magnets, built gliders, assembled volcanos and lava lamps, and poured all manner of gooey, viscous liquids into cups to learn about density, the laws of attraction, and chemical reactions among other principles. Two highlights of the event were the egg parachute competition, during which members learned about air density by attaching eggs to homemade parachutes that were dropped from our roof in the hopes they would land safely, and rocket launches. Using two-liter soda bottles filled with water and some string, our members created homemade rockets that were launched using air pressure to illustrate the principles of aeronautics. Special thanks to The Planetary Society and Great Minds in STEM, who set up displays for our kids.