KALIDA — Several students from the Ohio Northern University College of Engineering conducted science, technology, engineering and math workshops with fifth- and sixth-grade students at Kalida Elementary School on Tuesday.
The activities included constructing bridge trusses with spaghetti and masking tape, building sailboats and testing them with wind provided by an electric fan, designing a series of electric “snap circuits” as well as both building and testing hovercrafts. The students also did a project management exercise testing their communication skills to build a structure out of toothpicks and gumdrops.
The ONU students are all enrolled in the College of Engineering, in all disciplines. The leadership of the event is provided by members of the ONU student chapter of the American Society of Engineering Education. Many of these student leaders are future educators who are enrolled in the engineering education program, one of only a handful of such programs in the country. Students in the program graduate with a bachelor’s degree in general engineering as well as a teaching certificate to instruct high school math.
The STEM activities are designed to introduce elementary school students to possible careers in these fields.