STEM Field Day and Competition at Williamsport High on May 31
HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 29, 2012) – The Williamsport High School campus will see final results of a month-long series of investigations, research projects, experiments and design efforts by approximately 400 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students who will be part of a campus-wide competition on Thursday, May 31, 2012. Competition begins at 9 a.m. in the high school gymnasium.
Students have been challenged to use syringes, tubing, cardboard, duct tape and other miscellaneous materials to build a hydraulic arm to move a soda can over two obstacles. Another event features student designs of catapults made of cardboard, dowel rods, rubber bands and duct tape, in order to launch tennis balls. A number of students will also be participating in a “Soil to Spoon” poster contest, following guidelines of the National Association of Conservation Districts. The theme is recognizing the importance of soil to people and the environment.
The guest speaker opening the event will be Mylynh Nguyen from the biotechnology program at Hagerstown Community College (HCC). HCC’s STEM program will have an exhibit for students to explore, as will Millennium 3 Energy, the Shepherd College Engineering Program, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Sierra Nevada, Tri-State Astronomers, Washington County Soil Conservation District, Washington County Technical High School, and the Wind Flyers from Springfield Middle School. Students will also conduct Project Lead the Way tours at the school.