Advancing the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries has become a central focus for NIU‚Äôs College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.
Suma Rajashankar, faculty adviser for NIU‚Äôs SWE chapter, coordinated the event.
‚ÄúThe main focus for the event was to expose kids ages 6 to 13 to STEM through experiments and activities,‚ÄĚ said Solomon Mason, president of NIU‚Äôs NSBE chapter. ‚ÄúWe tried to engage the kids in fun activities and demos to get them excited about engineering.‚ÄĚ
Squishy circuits, fruit batteries, balloon cars and aluminum boats were among the activities.
‚ÄúThe kids really enjoyed the event, and so did the college students,‚ÄĚ Mason said.
NSBE looks forward to expanding its STEM outreach, Mason said, especially in District 204. Group members have participated in other STEM outreach nights, he added, including one at Gregory Middle School in Naperville.
‚ÄúWe demonstrated the concept of electrolysis through hydro-cars,‚ÄĚ he said.
Jeremy Benson of NIU STEM Outreach, helps school districts coordinate STEM nights. ‚ÄúThe goal of the NIU STEM Outreach program is to help spread awareness and enthusiasm about the¬†STEM fields,‚ÄĚ Benson said. ‚ÄúWe do this through interacting with the community through events held on campus and in the community.‚ÄĚ