Westfield Schools Generate Enthusiasm during STEM Day
Friday, March 15, 2013 • 12:07pm
Westfield Schools engaged in activities designed to raise awareness about integrating the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in a special day that included visits by guest speakers from a wide range of STEM fields including neuroscience, genetic engineering, chemistry, and cryogenics.
Pictured here are Mike Staub and Sara Goska, from Linde Cryogenics, demonstrating to Westfield High School students how basic scientific principles are applied to engineering. Math and Science teachers planned over two dozen activities, including designing filtration systems, participating in a rollercoaster challenge, and riding a hovercraft to calculate the coefficient of friction.
In Edison and Roosevelt Intermediate Schools, activities included design challenges such as the investigation of floatation elements to provide buoyancy to an action figure placed in water. In order for the students to provide life-preserving assistance they needed to manipulate the Density = Mass over volume formula – a concept that can be misunderstood by middle schoolers and adults alike. Franklin Elementary School created a design challenge which involved containing a simulated oil spill, and organized an assembly on the scientific method. All the elementary schools have STEM activities planned in the coming weeks.