The Hands On Science Center (HOSC) hosted a small cocktail party on Monday to thank the sponsors of Jacobs and ATA for providing the funding for the use of a Tennessee Tech STEM Mobile during HOSC summer camps.
The camps are each a week long and children in grades 3-8 participate in different themed days that allow them to expand their knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Representatives of the sponsors were guided through the STEM Mobile’s various experiments by Carole Thomas, UTSI Program Manager with STEM Outreach, and Jamie Treadwell, HOSC Education Director.
“It’s about $2,500 each time it goes from one place to the other, but [the grant] covers transportation, insurance and whoever drops it here. It’s all computerized. If there is any kind of failure, an alarm goes off in Cookeville,” said Treadwell.
“The benefit to various students is that they have the ability to go and try a lot of experiments in different scientific areas.
They get to learn about wind power, solar power, electrical circuits, things like that,” said Patrick Murphy, HOSC Executive Director.
On Monday, the students studied alternative energy. Tuesday, they learned about space and astronomy. Wednesday is robotics day. Thursday is arcs and sparks
and Friday is sound and music.
Members of HOSC hope to make elements of the STEM program a permanent part of the facility.
“Jamie and Patrick have talked about making their own STEM center like this,” said Thomas.
“We do co-camps, which are going on right now. What we’d also like to do is have our own computer lab and our own STEM center. That would be beneficial,” said Treadwell.
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