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Mini-STEM Event

  POSTED ON: Friday, November 3, 2017 8:00 AM by Donna Weber

On November 3, 2017, in collaboration with the Office of Admissions, the USNA STEM Center hosted 20 high school students from Women in Natural Sciences (WINS), an outreach program of the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University.

STEM Instructor Rachel Fees guided the students through a tour of the night sky at the USNA planetarium. MIDN Erika Hoffman, Harold Mantilla, Paige Monk, Jane Kirkham, Joshua Engler, Michael Kelly, Samantha Nourse, Andrew Lee, Leah Gordon and Joshua Hanna assisted Professors Pat Moran, Beth Waitkus, John Schedel and Angela Schedel in instructing the students through hands-on activities in corrosion, electricity and fluid dynamics.

The students were so impressed that they could make a battery using a penny, zinc washer, and paper. They were enthralled to record electrons traveling through their body from one metal to another. There was stiff competition between teams who formed a boat out of aluminum foil to see which one could hold the most marbles before the boat would start to sink. The students thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon at the Naval Academy and their exposure to fun activities resulting in increased knowledge in STEM fields.

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