Maine-Endwell Central School District News Article

May STEAM Thursday!

Boy in bus

A STEAM mobile rolled into town on May 30 and brought along a unique learning experience for Homer Brink’s older students.

The school welcomed the Ithaca Physics Bus to Endwell. The vehicle is a decked out science lab where upcycled items have become hands on learning tools for students. The goal is for students to experience science, and develop a sense of wonder for physics phenomena.

From shooting a bottle into the air, to making giant soap bubbles and creating colorful patterns with magnets, the students had fun trying their hand at a variety of activities that had them recognizing how matter and energy work in the universe.

The school’s younger students participated in an engineering lab where they were challenged to build structures to certain specifications using Legos, blocks and other items. When they were done building, they were able to view tadpoles up close.

Students also had a chance to learn about wetland animals. Graduate and undergraduate biology students from Binghamton University brought along some specimens for a lesson on herbivores and predators. The students were able to examine tadpoles, slugs and beetles.

The activities were part of the school’s STEAM Thursday’s activities that have taken place throughout the school year.

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