|BGSU hosts day dedicated to math and science|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 29 August 2013 08:16|
STEM in the Park is a family day of hands-on fun at Bowling Green State University (rain or shine) featuring everything from sea creatures to pop rockets, take-home STEM activities, and a free lunch.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Perry Field House, with parking available.
STEM in the Park will feature interactive displays and activities created by community partners, local businesses and area universities to engage children of all ages in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Over 60 exhibitors will host hands-on STEM Activity Stations at the event, with close to 80 tables of activities.
STEM Activity Station hosts include BGSU's Marine Lab and Herpetarium, Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West, Imagination Station, ERG Environmental Services, PVS Nolwood Chemicals, Ohio Northern University and the Toledo Zoo, plus more than 50 other institutions and organizations.
Everyone who attends the event will receive free STEM experiments to take home, an event map, a recyclable grocery bag donated by Kroger, and free lunch catered by Tony Packo's.
While at STEM in the Park visitors can set off rockets, pet lizards, play with bubbles, dabble in robotics and make ice cream.
A new addition to this year's event, in response to feedback from past participants, is a specific area featuring activities that cater specifically to younger children.
This area, the Roots to STEM Pre K-2 Zone, is sponsored by PNC Bank.
Last year's event drew more than 2,500 people from all over northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
According to Susan Stearns, NWO assistant director of programming and development, "NWO is committed to increasing attendance among low-income and at-risk children. To do so, we have partnered with Toledo Public Schools to provide transportation for families from several schools in urban and low-income neighborhoods."
STEM in the Park is the brainchild of Drs. Emilio and Lena Duran, both faculty members in BGSU's College of Education and Human Development.
Inspired by Literacy in the Park, a spring on-campus event that brings families in for a variety of literacy-boosting activities, STEM in the Park seeks to increase public engagement in the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
NWO, the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education at BGSU, organizes the free event on campus for the entire northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan community. NWO is a partnership among a number of area universities, K-12 schools and community partners who all come together at this event to showcase innovation and educational opportunities and promote positive attitudes toward STEM teaching and learning.
Visit http://www.nwocenter.org/STEMinPark for updates and more information and to pre-register to attend the event.
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