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“Playing with Science” STEM Programs

Two ladies offer programs for budding, younger scientists and engineers

 

by Beth Mossman, Katie Mossman - February 24, 2017

There has been a lot of buzz about STEM lately. That’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Most of the focus has been on high school and middle school programs. Two ladies in our community got together to offer programs for younger scientists and engineers.

Melina Moyer has a science degree in biology, a masters degree in Zoology, and course work in a teacher education program. she developed and taught pre k-12 inquiry based science programs at several leading science centers and museums. She has taught college level biology, ecology and physical science courses. She has also worked as a Science Specialist at a Montessori elementary school before moving to Wellsboro.

Rachel Smith has a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and a masters in Secondary Education. She designed and sold commercial HVAC systems for 12 years. She knew early on that she would one day like to teach. she is currently working toward a teaching certificate in Physics.

Together these amazing ladies started the “Growing a Scientist” program for pre K, and STEM for grades 2-4. What are they teaching the kids?

“Growing a Scientist, is an opportunity to harness the natural curiosity and develop a lifelong love of science and engineering (STEM thinking), says Melina. The kids use basic science skills of observing and using the words to describe what they sense. They learn to observe, experiment, make predictions, share discoveries and ask questions. The pre-school class has been working on identifying solids, liquids and gasses. This might sound a little boring until you know that they are exploring these things through fun activities such as, flying paper airplanes, balloon rockets, dissecting seeds, blowing bubbles, playing with magnets, and much more.

The second to fourth grade classes have been learning about the six simple machines. They designed and built model playgrounds using the simple machines of lever, wheel and axel, pulley, wedge, screw, and inclined planes. They also built catapults and did experiments on how the placement of the fulcrum effects the distance the catapult could shoot an object. the last day of class the parents were invited to watch their kids present the projects they had made.

The classes are held in 6 week sessions. The next program will be offered in April 2017. If your child is interested in one of these programs you may email Rachel and Melina at or call 570-724-0300 to register.

Credits:

Idea/Concept: Katie Mossman

Videography: Andrew Moore

Video Editing: Andrew Moore

Writing: Beth Mossman, Katie Mossman

Anchor: Megan Thomas

Correspondent: Katie Mossman

 

Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by Matthews Motor Company, Mansfield University

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