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BCSD 6th Graders Celebrate Engineers Week at BU

On Feb. 15 and 16 all 6th grade students in Binghamton City School District will had the chance to work in the Engineering Department at Binghamton University. The students celebrated Engineers Week with a day of collaboration with Binghamton University. At the university, the students designed wind-powered maglev vehicles to learn about renewable energy. They also learned about potential and kinetic energy by creating marble roller coasters and learned about energy conversions by creating potato batteries, chemical hand warmers and bottle rockets. Each activity was designed and led by the students of Dr. David Klotzkin at Binghamton University. The event gave the middle school students the unique chance to get an early glimpse into college and STEM fields.

Adonis Juckette is a sixth grader at West Middle School. He said his favorite activity was making the chemical hand warmer. “It really surprised me how warm it got,” he said.
The event is also an opportunity for the Binghamton University student to give back to the community and inspire future scientists, mathematicians or engineers.
Anna Domagala, a junior engineering student at Binghamton University said she hopes the event sparks interest in the students to pursue careers in STEM.
“I like that we get the chance to impact their lives before they get to high school or college and hopefully give them a chance to see engineering and STEM in general is an option for them,” Domagala said.
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