Buffalo County youth in grades K-6 experienced a full day of STEAM! Students of the Cochrane- Fountain City 4-H Afterschool program, along with other local young people participated in a Winter Fun STEAM Discovery Day on February 19 on their day off of school. The program had a Winter Olympic games theme and provided multiple opportunities for youth to use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics through fun and engaging hands-on activities.
At the learning experience, students made homemade candles, created their own hand-stamped metal jewelry, and practiced tooling leathercraft. There were also many winter games science challenges including a bobsleds and tabletop curling! Students also participated in an outdoor Olympic game and worked together as a team to build their own balloon snowman.
The staff for the Winter Fun STEAM Discovery Day was trained, professional staff, Annie Lisowski, Youth and Families Extension Educator, Meg Ruff and 4-H college and high school volunteers: Savannah Sixty, Sawyer Gibson and Erika Meyer.
The students that participated in the program were: Aidan Lisowski, Norah Lisowski, Addi Soppa, Paylin Renchin, Andee Renchin, Layla Semling, Lindsey Auth, Aiden Auth, Amelia Patzner, Rylan Patzner, Aubery Patzner, Avery Bambenek, Linnea Dienger, Zoe Tepovich, Arden Hayter, Natalie Carlson, Alex Adank, Macy Hunger, Nolan Hunger, Natalie Duellman, Izabella Duellman and Stevie Meyer.
The purpose of STEAM Discovery Days was to help students gain a better understanding of science inquiry and engineering design while practicing skills like critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication and decision making skills. STEAM Discovery Days have a strong tradition in Buffalo County in the summer, but this is the first Winter Fun Day. To learn more about the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Buffalo County’s STEAM Discovery Days visit our website at https://buffalo.uwex.edu/STEAMdays.
Below is the photo gallery from the Winter STEAM Discovery Day. Please click on the image to enlargen.