Southeast Works to Promote STEM to the Next Generation

Southeast Works to Promote STEM to the Next Generation

CAMP INNOVATE

Southeast and TG University with TG Missouri Corp. hosted Camp Innovate to give kids the opportunity to invent, explore, and create. The three-day camp allowed children ages 11-14 the opportunity to learn new ideas and concepts, thinking outside the box under the guidance of Southeast faculty. This year’s camp examined the characteristics of a leader, inventor, and entrepreneur. To apply their new skills and knowledge, the students were tasked in the camp’s final workshop to explore TG Missouri’s 5K Walking Trail, identify any needs, and formulate solutions to present to a panel of TG Missouri and TG University personnel and Southeast faculty.

41ST ANNUAL MATH FIELD DAY

Nearly 650 students from 30 area high schools participated in the 41st annual Math Field Day this past spring. Southeast’s Department of Mathematics also hosted students from 27 area schools to compete in the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Elementary Math Contest. Approximately 132 4th to 6th graders competed in three individual tests and one team challenge.

62ND ANNUAL SOUTHEAST MISSOURI REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR

In March, the work of 654 students from area high schools and junior high schools was on display at the 62nd annual Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair. The fair featured 442 projects exploring all fields of science.

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE

Southeast hosts FIRST LEGO League competitions for grades 4-8. Guided by two or more coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, and energy, then are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, and then compete on a table-top playing field. This includes components of both a robotics competition and an innovation fair. High performing teams from Southeast’s event can make it to the Eastern Missouri Regional Championship.

FIRST TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE

Southeast hosted a FIRST Technology Challenge robotics competition in January for 7th-12th graders. Teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge. High performing teams from Southeast’s event can make it to the state championship.

REGIONAL SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

Sixth through 12th graders competed at Southeast in January as part of the Regional Science Olympiad, a premier competition in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computers, earth science, ecology, and scientific method applications.

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