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Making STEM fun!

The STEM Research and Learning Center is committed to inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders with a full program of experiential events for students at all levels. Join a fun, dynamic community of STEM students exploring the many aspects of the STEM fields.

Events

The STEM Research and Learning Center is proud to offer a variety K-12 outreach events for schools throughout the year.

Each event requires a signed parent/guardian waiver.

STEM Field Trips

The STEM Research and Learning Center offers full-day STEM field trips throughout the academic year for students in 6th through 12th grade. Schools may bring an individual class or student club.

Most events require a minimum of 20 students with a maximum of 40 students. Predetermined activities have different minimum and maximum requirements; see the activities section below. To meet the minimum requirements, consider partnering with another school district for your STEM field trip.

See STEM Field Trip Activities dropdown for information on the available activities.

To reserve your school for one of the dates listed below, complete the STEM Field Trip Reservation Form.

Available STEM Field Trip Dates for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Oct. 25 – Shark Dissections (Predetermined morning activity. Choose afternoon activity.) Event Booked
  • Nov. 8 – Choose from offered activities Event Booked
  • Nov. 15 – Choose from offered activities Event Booked
  • Dec. 6 – Nursing ER! (Morning activity only) Event Booked
  • Jan. 24 – Choose from offered activities Event Booked
  • Feb. 21 – Choose from offered activities Event Booked
  • March 27 OR April 24 – Geo-Environmental Exploration
    • High school students ONLY, max 20
  • April 10 – Choose from offered activities
  • April 17 – Choose from offered activities Event Booked
  • May 8 – Choose from offered activities Event Booked
  • May 11 – Choose from offered activities Event Booked

Costs:

  • Events with lunch are $40 per student.
    • Lunch is included in the Baker Pattillo Student Center cafeteria.
    • STEM T-shirt included
  • Events without lunch are $30 per student.
    • STEM T-shirt included
    • Students may bring sacked lunches or money to eat in the Baker Pattillo Student Center food court.

Schedule*:

  • 9 a.m. Arrive at SFA
  • 9 to 9:15 a.m. Introduction and welcome
  • 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Activity I
  • 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Planetarium show
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Activity II
  • 2:35 to 2:45 p.m. Wrap up and depart

*unless otherwise specified

STEM Field Trip Activities

Morning Activities:

Arduino Boards and GPS Tracking: Students use Arduino boards to create a blinking, beeping, battery-powered beacon to place in the SFA Arboretum. Using a GPS app on their phone (at least one student per group of four will need a phone with data), students will track the beacons.

Biology Microorganisms: Students will mount organisms on a microscope slide to view either microscopic animals or microscopic plants such as volvox, paramecium or euglena.

Engineering Catapults: As a partner pair, students will use a bag of supplies to create and build a catapult that launches marshmallows through different challenges. Each catapult will test distance, accuracy and precision.

Robotics: Students work with a partner to program an EV3 robot through different obstacle courses. Based on students’ knowledge, this activity can be an introductory module or an intermediate module.

Wiggle-Bots: Wiggle-Bots are contraptions built by students and powered by a motor. They can scribble, race, dance, paddle… and so much more! This engineering activity allows students to experiment and build their own innovative design.

Afternoon Activities:

Chemistry in a Bag: Using household chemicals and an indicator, students will explore evidences of chemical reactions. Students will employ problem-solving skills to determine which of the reactions produces the evidences of chemical changes they observe.

Egg Drop: The egg-drop activity introduces students to physics and materials science. Middle-school students will have a wide range of materials to “buy” with their allotted budgets. High-school students will have a reduced budget and materials, making the challenge more difficult and emphasizing the engineering design process. Additional components include timing the falls to calculate the average speed and data analysis to compare which materials worked best overall.

Makey-Makey: With Makey-Makey, everyday objects are transformed into touchpads empowering students to interact with computers as creative tools. The computer becomes an extension of their creativity, fostering imaginative play and discovery.

Rockets: Students will work with a partner to design, build and implement a rocket launch. These prototypes are launched using basic pressure systems. Students will determine what features of a rocket will help it achieve greater height and distance by applying physical science concepts and the engineering-design process.

Slime: Slime is chemistry! It is all about the way different materials are put together. Students will work with a partner to make their own slime in different colors.

Predetermined Activities:

Geo-Environmental Exploration: This geology module focuses on the water cycle and transport of contaminants through natural systems. Students will investigate quantitative and qualitative measurements for the characterization of water resource management.

Shark Dissections: This biology module gives students the opportunity to explore the anatomy of a dogfish shark. Students, with support from SFA faculty and SFA students, will dissect all parts of the shark and learn new vocabulary along the way!

ER!: During this nursing module, students rotate through hands-on stations such as using mannequin arms to determine varying blood pressures and starting an IV. This event will be at the DeWitt School of Nursing, 5707 North St., Nacogdoches.

Planetarium Show Options: planetarium.sfasu.edu/shows

STEM Day Programs

The STEM Research and Learning Center offers annual STEM Day events throughout the school year. These events provide the opportunity for school districts to bring students to the SFA campus and participate in a variety of STEM modules facilitated by SFA faculty, staff and students.

Each STEM Day event is from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

To register students from your school for one of the 2019-2020 school year STEM Days listed below, complete the STEM Day Registration Form.

Second-Grade STEM Day – Oct. 4 Event Booked

The STEM Center will pilot a second-grade STEM Day in partnership with the College of Education and SFA elementary-education students. Students will rotate through multiple inquiry-based, student-centered stations designed and facilitated by the elementary-education students with support from the STEM Research and Learning Center.

This full-day event is $10 per student and teacher and includes materials and supplies for each activity along with a STEM T-shirt. Students and teachers will bring their own lunch for this event.


High-School STEM Day – Feb. 28

This annual high-school event offers a variety of hands-on STEM modules designed and facilitated by SFA faculty and staff members with support from the STEM Research and Learning Center. Students will rotate through multiple modules based on areas of interest.

This full-day event is $30 per student and $15 per teacher. The event includes lunch in the cafeteria, a STEM T-shirt, and an SFA lanyard and name badge.


Fourth-Grade STEM Day – March 27 Event Booked

The STEM Center will pilot a fourth-grade STEM Day in partnership with the College of Education and SFA elementary-education students. Students will rotate through multiple inquiry-based, student-centered stations designed and facilitated by the elementary-education students with support from the STEM Research and Learning Center.

This full-day event is $10 per student and teacher and includes materials and supplies for each activity along with a STEM T-shirt. Students and teachers will bring their own lunch for this event.


Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival – May 15

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival inspires students to think critically and explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through collaborative, creative problem-solving. Students will engage with mathematical puzzles and problems and are free to choose problems that interest them.

This full-day event is $10 per student and no cost for teachers. Students and teachers will bring their own lunch for this event.

STEM Summer Programs

The STEM Research and Learning Center offers annual STEM events throughout the summer. Parents, grandparents and guardians, sign your children up for these inquiry-based, interactive activities facilitated by the STEM Research and Learning Center along with SFA faculty, staff and students.

Registration for all 2020 STEM Summer Programs begins March 1.

To register your child for one of the STEM Summer Programs listed below, complete the STEM Summer Programs Registration Form.

Investigations in Mathematics and Science Academy: June 22–26

The iMAS Academy is an interactive learning experience for students entering sixth through eighth grade. iMAS Academy challenges and inspires students mathematically and scientifically through real-life learning investigations guided by SFA STEM faculty members and district master teachers.

8 a.m.–noon in the Cole STEM Building
Pool party with pizza Friday until 2 p.m.

Cost:
Register by May 15: $225 per child
Register after May 15: $250 per child
Includes materials, snacks and a T-shirt
Space is limited and registration closes June 5 or when full.


Ladyjacks Who Code: July 27–30

The SFA Ladyjacks Who Code summer camp is a fun, engaging experience, blending both online and "unplugged" activities. Designed to enhance collaborative learning, students will create computer programs, develop problem-solving skills and learn to persist through difficult tasks. Created for students entering seventh or eighth grade, this camp allows participants to develop interactive games and/or stories they can share with other students.

8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Cole STEM Building

Students are required to complete the above registration form and a teacher evaluation form by June 26.

Space is limited to 25 students and registration closes June 5, or when full. Students will be notified of acceptance via parent email by July 1.

Cost:
There is no registration fee. The camp is sponsored by BPx Energy.


Little STEM Jacks:
Kindergarten–second grade: August 3–4
Third-fifth grade: August 6–7

Little STEM Jacks is a summer camp for children entering kindergarten through fifth grade, providing them with the opportunity to explore and engage in hands-on learning activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

9 a.m.-noon in the Cole STEM Building

Cost:
Register and pay by July 1: $50 per child
After July 1: $75 per child
Includes materials, snacks and a T-shirt

Space is limited, and registration closes July 17 or when full.

If you have questions regarding STEM events, contact Adrienne Aul, STEM programs coordinator, at aaul@sfasu.edu.

Contact

STEM Research and Learning Center
936.468.5814
STEMcenter@sfasu.edu
Staff directory

Physical Address:
Cole STEM Building, Suite 406
 

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6070 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-6070

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