STEM Committee News: May 2012

The last STEM activity of the school year should be a really exciting one— Lunch with an Expert will feature David Ausmus, who will be speaking about safety engineering and emergency response techniques.  David is a safety expert who was sent to Ground Zero after 9/11 to coordinate safety measures to protect emergency responders.   Lunch with an Expert will be Thursday, May 31, in the Pit.

What a STEM-filled April we had at Honey Creek!  Many thanks and congratulations are in order…

First of all, a big thanks to April’s guest experts, John Klausmeyer of the UM Museum of Natural History, Robert Alexander of the UM Design Science program, and Dr. Nancy Dean.  We learned a lot of from them about fossils, medical illustration, how sonification can be used as a tool to study many different types of natural phenomena, and the materials science behind metals.

Secondly, congratulations to all the kids who participated in the Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad!  This was Honey Creek’s second season participating in WESO, and  thanks are due to Honey Creek’s head coach, Sara Brintnall, and the other parents who put in many hours as coaches for the different Olympiad events.  The following Honey Creek student teams won medals:  2nd Grade Sink or Float, Caroline Andrews and Leah Mackie (coached by Karen Andrews) and 3rd Grade Rock Hunters, Eli Atkinson and Ben Rich (coached by Michele DeYoung).

Third, thank you to Trish Gearhart, Sandy Little, Cheryl Quinn, and the 4/5 teachers for giving the 5th graders the chance to dissect eyes… not many elementary school students get to have such an experience!  It’s a perfect example of one of the Honey Creek core values…. that students’ learning can be enhanced through the expertise of members of the community.

And finally, congratulations to all the kids who participated in the 3rd annual Honey Creek STEM Fair!   It was impressive to see the number and variety of fascinating projects on display.  A huge thank you to all the volunteers who made the STEM celebration possible!

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