The SEE Science Center is partnering with the City of Manchester and FIRST to bring interactive Science, Technology, Engineering Art and Math learning experiences to Manchester 4th grade students. The endeavor is called Junior STEAM Ahead. SEE’s role in the partnership is to host all Manchester fourth graders for a field trip experience. Busing to SEE is provided by a donation from Dean Kamen. Who recently joined Mayor Gatsas in visiting some of the students at SEE. https://www.unionleader.com/article/20141014/NEWS04/141019446/0/SEARCH
So far have 916 Manchester 4th grade students with about 100 more to come over the next week. At SEE the students participate in perennial teacher’s favorite Slimy Science Lab which introduces basic chemistry concepts. In the lab, students make their own batch of Silly Putty to take home. Students also enjoy a highly interactive guided tour of the SEE facility including demonstrations on electricity, Newton’s laws of motion and more. In addition, SEE educators will be offering a special team building activity for the students to prepare them for the FIRST LEGO League program. This highly engaging activity is called the “slow magnet marble race”. It has been an extremely popular part of SEE mini courses and workshops in the past. Students race to be the slowest team from point A to B by working together and thinking creatively. They use common household items such as straws and paperclips to create their path.
We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from the teachers and students so far. But you don’t have to take our word for it, take a look at just a few of the letters we have received recently.