SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Instead of experimenting with test tubes and beakers, a group of elementary students got to attend a massive science class with night-vision goggles, code cracking boxes and even a virtual reality system.
On Thursday over 300 Siouxland students got to experience an afternoon of hands-on education.
Seven schools from the area were introduced to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through group activities and projects.
This was the first year for the STEM event for fourth and fifth graders.
Teachers say hands-on experiences like this help to encourage an interest in STEM careers and promotes teamwork.
“Whether its designing a project or using math to figure how the speed of an object as it travels it gets them out of their desks and gets them working with one another which is a great skill as well,” says Tanya Hen, a teacher at Siouxland Community Christian School.
One future STEM enthusiast says these hands-on projects certainly had classroom learning beat.
“It’s super fun instead of just sitting inside of a classroom doing math,” says fifth grader McKenna Nichols.
Organizers are hoping to continue the event and invite up to 400 kids next year.