Upcoming STEM Festival Offers Virtual Space Lab

Upcoming STEM Festival Offers Virtual Space Lab
The University of Maryland Extension Garrett County 4-H Tech Wizards will present an “Out of this World: Space Lab during the STEM Festival on March 24th. Phil Malone guides youth in a virtual farm tour with Google Expedition at the Maryland STEM Festival, held at the Ruth Enlow Libraries in Garrett County, Md.  

A new Space Lab experience will be a part of the STEM Festival on Saturday, March 24th from noon to 4 p.m. The Mineral County STEM Network will host the 6th Annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Festival for area students and parents on the West Virginia University Potomac State College campus in Keyser, W.Va.

Join us in the Out of this World: Space Lab presented by the University of Maryland Extension-Garrett County 4-H Tech Wizards. Leaders will take you on a virtual field trip to Space using Google Expeditions. Other activities will include Moon Racers Robotics Obstacle Course, Solar System Rocket Launch, Outer Space Animation and much more. Presenting these activities will be the leadership team of peer mentors from Crellin Elementary School.

“We are entering our eighth year of Tech Wizards programming in Garrett County and are very fortunate to have a strong peer mentor leadership team made up of veteran students to assist and share their skills with the younger students,” says Karen Wood, Garrett County Tech Wizards coordinator.

The STEM Festival is an outgrowth of a grant received from the Community Trust Foundation (CTF). “The event is now self-sustaining through donors, but it is important to note that CTF made the event possible,” says Margaret Miltenberger, WVU Extension Service.

The mission of the festival is to re-invigorate the interest of our youth in STEM activities and careers by producing and presenting compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science gatherings.

The event is coordinated by partners with the Mineral County STEM network. The network’s purpose is to increase communication among individuals, business, industry and organizations interested in encouraging our youth to consider the different STEM fields for careers.

For more information on the Mineral County STEM Network visit http://mineralstem.com/ and for regular updates on the STEM Festival like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MineralCountySTEM.