LIMA — Preston and Witten Brinkman were learning and having fun at the same time.
The brothers were making an art-bot at Saturday’s STEAM on the Quad at the Ohio State University-Lima campus.
“So the art-bots you take a vibrating motor. You attach it to a battery pack and a plastic cup and you turn it into a really wobbly holder for markers and then the kids can actually make a little robot that walks across their paper and draws a design at the same time so they absolutely love it. It’s a really quick and easy entry into robots,” said Sally Hennessy, a 4-H program assistant for STEM in Lorain County.
Amy Ricker brought her family out to STEAM on the Quad.
“This is a fantastic event. They’ve always had beautiful weather and the kids get to have fun and whether the kids realize it or not, they get to learn a little bit too. Just a full day of learning. My oldest daughter is a seventh grader. She’s looking into getting into the medical field probably like nursing, nurse practitioner or something like that and they love to learn, they take it all in and absorb it and enjoy it,” said Ricker.
This the third year for STEAM on the Quad, an effort to get kids thinking about careers in the arts and sciences.
“We just hope to instill a love of learning for these kids so that hopefully they keep their minds open for careers in the STEAM sciences [Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math]. This is a free family-friendly event for kindergarten through eighth graders,” said Amy Langhals, co-chair for STEAM on the Quad.
Around 350 kids were expected to explore the various booths set up on the campus.
“The kids are learning through a variety of hands-on activities such as building paper rockets, doing tower building, we have dissection kits going on. We have a flight simulator they can run and all kinds of things with circuits and hovercrafts and a lot of community resources in the area as well such as the YMCA and YWCA,” she said.
STEAM on the Quad is a collaboration between Ohio State University-Lima Campus as well as Allen, Putnam and Hardin County 4-H and this year they also have some 4-H groups coming from Logan County.
“These kids are growing up in a very technological age and so the jobs that are opening up for them are going to be the kind where they have to be innovative thinkers and that’s what STEAM is all about,” said Langhals.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.