STEM Committee News: April 2012

Lunch with an Expert, the Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad, FIRST Robotics, sheep’s eye dissection, Paleo Joe, and the STEM Fair…. so many exciting STEM events are coming up in April!

On Friday, April 13, Lunch with an Expert will feature three guest experts, speaking about a diverse range of topics— the art and science of creating casts of fossils at the UM Museum of Natural History, medical illustration, converting solar signals to sound signals as a means to study the sun, and the science and engineering of materials.

The FIRST Robotics State Championship will be held at the EMU Convocation Center on Saturday, April 14, and we are hoping to organize an informal Honey Creek group to go see it.  This is a chance to preview the next level beyond the FIRST Lego robotics league and to see the big robots compete.

The Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad tournament will be held on Saturday, April 21, at Pioneer High School.   Honey Creek’s WESO teams and coaches have been working hard, and we wish them the best of luck!  Even if you are not on the team, you can check it out for next year— hands-on activities which are open to the public will be going on all day.

Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27 are STEM Celebration Days at Honey Creek!  On Thursday, 5th graders will dissect sheep’s eyes, courtesy of our PTO chair and resident veterinary opthalmologist, Trish Gearhart.  On Friday, the award-winning traveling paleontologist and author, Paleo Joe, will give a presentation to the elementary school.

And finally, on Friday, April 27, from 5:30-8pm, is the Honey Creek STEM Fair!   If you haven’t started thinking about a project for the STEM Fair yet, now is the time!   The STEM Fair will feature students’ STEM projects, prizes for all who contribute projects, a potluck dinner, the return of the Honey Creek trebuchet, mouse embryos & microscopes, and many more exciting hands-on activities.   Registration forms can be found on the STEM bulletin board (across from the hall conference room), and will be available online, too.  Students of all ages are invited to enter a project, and everyone– even if you haven’t done a project– is invited to the STEM Fair for food and fun activities!

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