Science time

Wright State University partnered with the Big Hoopla to introduce hundreds of children to science, technology, engineering and math during the annual STEM Challenge at the Dayton Convention Center on March 17.

The free event included a hot shot basketball competition, education contest, fun STEM demonstrations and free food. The event was open to kindergarten students through eight graders and connected the excitement of college basketball with the power of STEM education.

Regional and national partners were onsite to engage students with hands-on science, technology, engineering and math demonstrations, two fun 45-minute shows with award-winning science entertainer Mister C and performances by Eric Energy.

“STEM is an amazing concept, and it’s so critical that we get kids and families involved with STEM at an early age because it’s really the inspiration that drives all careers,” said Kevin Cornell, a two-time Wright State graduate known as Mister C.

Wright State’s College of Health, Education and Human Services, College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Science and Mathematics and the Raj Soin College of Business participated in the STEM Challenge with numerous hands-on activities and giveaways for children.

“Wright State is really proud to be a partner,” said Wright State University President Sue Edwards, Ph.D. “Wright State is the home of STEM education and STEM workforce creation in the Dayton region.”

This was the first year Wright State has partnered with the event and is committed for three additional years.

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