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Eastern Iowa Community College Hosts Middle School STEM Event

At Eastern Iowa Community Colleges this April will be the 2nd time we host a new and exciting event targeted at 8th grade students to promote exciting career paths related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  We titled this event STEM @ the Ballpark.  This year, we are planning to host the event again at Modern Woodmen Park.

 Last April, EICC with generous contributions from SE Iowa STEM, the City of Davenport, Alcoa, and Iowa American Water hosted 370+ local 8th grade students at Modern Woodmen Ballpark for a day of hands on activities related to STEM with a baseball theme throughout.  The day consisted of 16 different activities students rotated through.  Each student visited one each of the different areas related to STEM.  Activities included things like; Hit a Homerun in which students participated in an activity designed to show them how the bat and ball collide to hit a homerun.  Also, Did You See That?  In this session students were able to experiment with wearable technology such as Google Glass.  We were also able to provide each student with tickets for them and up to 3 family members to attend that evening’s baseball game.

For the first edition of STEM @ the Ballpark students in QC area schools such as DeWitt Central, Woodrow Wilson, Sudlow Intermediate, JB Young, North Scott and Bettendorf Middle School attended.  The day included volunteers from such businesses as; ORA, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Iowa State Patrol, Western Illinois University and the City of Davenport.

With this year’s event we are hoping to reach even more local students to spread the message about STEM and related careers.  These types of events require volunteers from all over the Quad Cities area and allow students to have experiences they may not have the opportunity to participate in otherwise. 




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