Arizona STEM Adventure: Engaging and Educational Fun for TCDS Students

A group of 24 TCDS middle school students discovered first-hand how science, technology, engineering and math interact and are used in everyday life when they took part in the Arizona STEM Adventure Event at Pima Community College (PCC) recently.

The educational activities students participated in included making silly putty, flying jets with rubber band engines, and learning about mining minerals and its importance in everyday life.

There were stations throughout the campus with incredibly neat things to do. Students held a snake and a squid, and they also got a stress sticker to monitor their stress levels throughout the day.

Students watched several presentations including PCC students as they used liquid nitrogen to make ice cream that our students then got to sample. Students also saw a UV light presentation that showed how light creates the spectrum and a camera that shows heat in objects.

And that’s not all! Students worked at a story board station. They were grouped by their interests to brainstorm and then had to collaborate to design a mobile phone app. When the groups were finished, they shared what they came up with.

Middle School Algebra teacher Ms. St. Louis said, “We all had a great time and would definitely do it again.”

Ms. St. Louis explained that students who attended this engaging STEM event were chosen based on grade-point average and outstanding citizenship, as well as “criteria that was Champion in every way, every day.”