UVM STEM Ambassadors hosted a hands-on STEM Showcase for 55-plus youths ages 8-14 on Saturday, November 4. This interactive event featured seven unique workshops including Galactic Garb: Dressing for the Stars, What floats your boat: The Amazing Boat Race, and Let’s Go for Gold: Robot Olympics, among others.
The STEM Ambassador program is a collaboration between the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and Extension 4-H. Ambassadors are UVM students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) majors and trained in experiential learning, assertion-evidence presentation style and positive youth development models, among other topics. Each semester they create new, hands-on youth programming to inspire interest in and curiosity about the STEM fields.
This fifth STEM Showcase had some youth returning after attending all preceding showcases. Feedback from parents included that the best part of the day was “working as a team with other kids to accomplish a common goal,” “interacting with adult students excited about their fields of study,” and “she loved the experiential learning!”