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STEM Learning at the Valley Youth Center

STEM Learning at the Valley Youth Center

Collaboration is always a great key to success and the new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program is doubling that by working with the Valley Youth Center and the Laura MacArthur Keyzone program. Our county 4-H program has been meeting there every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30-6:00 to deliver programming to all youth who wish to attend. The first section of programming concentrated on giving students familiarity with LEGO robotics and has now moved into learning design and engineering basics using mousetrap cars. These are wooden cars, built by the youth, powered by—you guessed it, mousetraps! Participants learn how to use basic hand tools, building techniques and then the science of potential energy. The program will continue moving in many directions of STEM learning, all youth driven.

Contacts

Tim Caines
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(218) 733-2873
ctcaines@umn.edu
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