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UNCW Hosts Community S.T.E.A.M. Celebration

Monday, September 11, 2017

UNCW welcomed the community to a celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics on Sept. 23. More than 500 children, teens, adults and volunteers participated in the event, which featured interactive learning stations, presentations and tours of facilities used for S.T.E.A.M. learning and research.

The Watson College served as the main hub for the celebration, with activities including stomp rockets, drones, telescopes and robotics for children of all ages. WCE also featured a sea turtle learning site hosted by the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and CESTEM’s underwater ROVs and digital planetarium.

At other exhibits, students could explode a volcano with the Chemistry Club, dig for fossils with the Geology Department, forecast the weather with Communications Studies and meet representatives from Corning and the Civil Air Patrol.

Free shuttles were provided from campus to UNCW’s Center for Marine Science, where participants had an opportunity to tour the center and attend seminars led by UNCW’s renowned marine and coastal science experts.

Sue Kezios, director of Youth Programs at the Watson College, coordinated the event with support from CESTEM and UNCW’s Center for Assistive Technology. Thirteen departments and programs across campus provided interactive exhibits, and more than 100 faculty, staff and students volunteered at S.T.E.A.M. hands-on stations in Dobo, Kenan, Leutze, McNeill and Osprey Halls, Randall Library, the Computer & Information Sciences Building and the Cultural Arts Building, as well as the Watson College of Education.

UNCW also enjoyed outreach from Corning, Cape Fear Composite Squadron - Civil Air Patrol, Cape Fear Astronomical Society, the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation planetarium, and fabulous teachers from the International School at Gregory and Rachel Freeman School of Engineering.