The hands-on demonstrations and festival atmosphere makes it a fun way to learn and can be a transformational event in a young person’s life as they look towards their future college and career aspirations.
Livonia, Mich. (PRWEB) September 14, 2017
The Southeast Michigan Science & Engineering Festival, Mind Trekkers, a program created by Michigan Technological University (MTU), will be hosted by Schoolcraft College on Friday, Sept. 22 for registered school districts and their middle-school students. The public is invited to this free event on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Students and parents can experience wonders of science and technology first-hand at Schoolcraft College’s Mind Trekkers event. With many of the careers in the future focusing around science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), middle school is the perfect time for students to explore these disciplines first-hand. Fortunately, a traveling STEM festival, Mind Trekkers, is offered at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich. each year to help students learn scientific principles through hands-on activities.
The Mind-Trekkers event features volunteers from Schoolcraft College and MTU offering more than 80 experiments and demonstrations exploring STEM. In past years, experiments and demonstrations included 3D cameras, the ballistics car that is propelled by only a ball, fluorescent rocks, how hovercraft work, how many nails can be balanced on a single nail head, vortex cannons and wind energy, just to name a few. And the benefits of this event for students and their parents can be monumental.
“This is our third year hosting Mind Trekkers, and we average around 5,000 middle school students and their parents each year who get a unique opportunity to experience the world of STEM and the academic path available that can lead to careers in STEM industries,” said Charles Hayes, the associate dean of sciences at Schoolcraft College.
At Schoolcraft College, the academic path can include traditional STEM courses taught by top-notch faculty that can be used when transferring to a four-year institution. But it can also include manufacturing and technology programs in biomedical engineering technology, electronic technology, mechatronics, plastic technology and welding technology that focus on learning professional skills that lead to in-demand jobs.
Hayes also said the relaxed atmosphere at the Mind Trekkers event enables students to move about the festival to find areas that interest them and learn at their own pace.
“The hands-on demonstrations and festival atmosphere makes it a fun way to learn and can be a transformational event in a young person’s life as they look towards their future college and career aspirations,” Hayes said.
In addition to Mind Trekkers, Schoolcraft College also hosts a number of other events designed to provide K-12 students an opportunity to experience college learning on its campus, including the annual Middle School Science Day, Middle School College Night and the Kids on Campus summer camp program.