The student group “STEM for STEM” visits elementary and middle schools in Philadelphia to provide science and engineering demos for students to promote interest in the STEM fields. The group worked in partnership with iPraxis to organize a full day visit to the Tanner G. Duckrey School in Philadelphia to promote innovation and imagination through hands-on activities. Juniors and Seniors from STEM presented to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders throughout the day in three stations on biology, physics, and engineering.
Rachana Mudipalli and Sarah Null ran the biology station, where students learned about cells and DNA by extracting DNA from strawberries. Zachary Kirk and Varun Nair ran the physics station, where they introduced students to Newton’s cradle and the conservation of momentum, the Cartesian Diver, and projectile motion. At the engineering station, Neal O’Brien introduced students to the engineering process through CAD and demonstrated the power of 3D printing with a 3D-printed robot arm.