IM Kids hosted an ‘Exploring Careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Day’ at the Ionia County Intermediate School District on Monday, March 27th, 2017. Over 120 students attended and participated in hands-on activities that enhanced understanding of STEAM Fields and Careers. Student were able to attend three presentations of their choice that were topics of interest to them.
Topics included a robotics session in which Brian Gray and helpers from the Lakewood Robotics team showed students their competition robot, helped students build their own robots, and learned about how they can get more involved with robotics. Many students also attended a session presented by a Civil Engineer from the Michigan Department of Transportation. Robert LaFrance has experience with bridge design and helped students learn why bridges are designed the way they are. Students designed their own bridges to see how much weight they would support and learned trivia and bridge design terms. Chrysoula Vasileiou, Professor of Chemistry at Michigan State University demonstrated the chemistry of human senses to students. Students first learned about the chemistry behind sight, smell, and taste and then got to participate in experiments that demonstrated basic chemistry principles. Art teacher, Kim Paton, presented a session on Van Gogh and students got to create their own masterpieces to take home. Art Ward, a Computer Aided Design teacher at the Montcalm Area Career Center, demonstrated the design process to interested students. Students were given tools such as uncooked spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape and were instructed to design a structure. Students also had the opportunity to learn coding from Instructional Technology Specialist, Apple Learning Specialist, and Google Educator Stacey Johnston. Students began their own coding project and will be able to continue working on it from home.
The day concluded with a career panel featuring a number of professionals throughout our community to help answer any questions the students had.