Mind Trekkers science fair a hit with the community
By Camyle Cryderman
Mind Trekkers science showcase is a new event this year aimed to get children and young adults interested in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Put on by Michigan Tech University, the show travels around the country to host elaborate demonstrations and interactive experiments. On Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10, Schoolcraft College had the opportunity to host Mind Trekkers where the community turnout and enjoyment was nothing but excellent.
The event kicked off on Friday, Oct. 9 with an open invitation to only middle school students in the Metro Detroit area. With countless STEM related tests and experiments filling the Schoolcraft Fitness Center, Biomedical Technical Center and courtyard, there was enough to keep the students entertained and learning all day. Although the events were all based off of STEM fields, they incorporated imagination too.
“I like that there’s so much creativity here,” said sixth grade Webster Elementary student Erik Nielsen on Mind Trekkers, “there’s such a wide variety, it’s really cool.”
Of the countless stations present, some of the most popular were the fire tornado, banana piano, cat dissection and of course, liquid nitrogen ice cream. Without the volunteers to run each of these stations though, this event would not have been possible.
“As a kid, science was my favorite subject, so when I found out this was a science fair, I was intrigued and wanted to do it,” said Schoolcraft Student Ambassador volunteer Katie Stevens.
She ran the Mag-Lev table which utilized repelling magnets to send a car down a track showing how magnets may be an efficient form of transportation in the future.
The following day on Saturday Oct. 10, Mind Trekkers opened up to the general public to attend. Adults and children of all ages came to campus to partake in day two of this free event.
Aside from Michigan Tech, other sponsors contributed to the event as well. Bosch Engineering Company displayed products such as their energy storing bicycle and demonstrated the work of their 3D printer. DTE Electric Service Company was also present showing the children power line safety and aspects of energy storage.
One of the most exciting events of the weekend for adults and children alike was the water explosion. Every hour of the event, a crowd gathered in the courtyard as a 32-gallon garbage can was filled with water, pressurized, then shot 25 feet into the air.
By the reactions on the children’s and adults faces alike, Mind Trekkers was a success.
“Seeing how excited these kids are for the explosion and interactive demos is the best part,” said Volunteer Coordinator Sheba Oliver, “they’re getting introduced to future careers they may have never thought about before.”
After their stop at Schoolcraft, Mind Trekkers will continue their tour to the Iron Range region of Minnesota. With their exciting take on science, technology, engineering and mathematics experiments, Mind Trekkers has been a great addition to Schoolcraft’s community. With continued interest of all who attended, this event proved excellent, and have high hopes of returning next year.