HUBER HEIGHTS — About 300 participants gathered at Shullgate Park on Sept. 26 for the sixth annual STEM Day in the Park. Huber Heights City Schools students and family members explored Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities in a fun outdoor setting. This is one of only a few such events in the nation.
As in previous years, this free event featured hands-on, exploratory stations for students of all ages from preschool to high school. Participants could operate robots, build and launch bottle rockets and compressed air vehicles, pet live animals, and make slime among other activities.
Huber Heights City Schools educators and representatives from university, government, and community groups staffed the stations with the assistance of Wayne High School AFJROTC, Interact Club, National Honor Society, and Science Club volunteers and Girl Scouts from Valley Forge Elementary School.
Several of the organizations and individuals for this year’s STEM Day have participated previously. These include the Huber Heights Readiness Coalition, the Ohio First Junior Lego League, the Huber Heights Fire Department, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s “Animals Alive,” Chemist Donald Minus from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Wizards of Wright, student Gloria Campos with two robots, and the Innovators Robotics Team. New to STEM Day this year were the Wayne High School Robotics Team and the University of Dayton Ambassadors (engineering students).
The event would not have been successful without these volunteers, participants, and the support of the City of Huber Heights, Huber Heights YMCA, a grant from the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation, overflow parking at the Huber Heights First Baptist Church, and generous door prizes from Dr. William Gioiello, DDS, and others.