STEMFest draws youth crowd, legislators

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The Daily Reflector

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A STEMFest held last week provided hands-on learning for about 125 youth and also drew in legislators.

The event, held Aug. 5 at the Jack Minges Club of the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Plains, was hosted by Durham-based TechTerra Education, a STEM education company, along with East Carolina University and the Boys and Girls Club.

Nearly 125 youth from the Boys and Girls Club completed eight different hands-on STEM stations, according to a news release issued Thursday by TechTerra Education.

The event also drew in Sen. Don Davis, D-Greene, and Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Wilson. The legislators met with TechTerra Education CEO Susan Wells to learn more about the event.

“It was a privilege to see the interest Senator Davis and Representative Farmer-Butterfield showed in STEM and the kids,” Wells said. “TechTerra Education was very happy to partner with BGC and ECU for this event.”

Julie Cary, BGC vice president, and Dean Grant Hayes of the ECU College of Education also attended.

“TechTerra Education was an outstanding partner and provider of all the STEM activities in which our kids participated,” Cary said. “Club kids were highly engaged at each station and for many it was their first time taking part in such a wide variety of STEM activities.”

TechTerra provided the tools, teachers, and stations for a full day of STEM activity, according to the release.

The youth tried out coding and computational thinking, digital arts, robotics, and augmented and virtual reality. TechTerra teachers helped them work with 3D modeling, stop motion animation and drones. The children made take-home Stations of STEM passports as keepsakes.

“The day was a huge success,” Wells said, “and we look forward to working with the Boys and Girls Club to bring events like this to more kids here in North Carolina and across the nation.”