A dozen FFCS students explore STEM at conference

Two girls work at a tableThe future is theirs, and a conference at FMCC helped them catch a glimpse of what that future might hold.
A dozen FFCS Middle School students – four each from grades 6, 7 and 8 – had the opportunity on May 14 to attend the Future Women of STEM Conference at Fulton Montgomery Community College.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, and this year’s conference encouraged students to explore these subject areas with fun, hands-on activities.  The FFCS students attended three workshops and participated in a panel discussion with participants from other school districts.
Examples of the activities the girls participated in included the “Puff Mobile” workshop, where students were given materials to build a mobile racer that runs on air and then tested their design skills against each other.
A girl works at a tableThey also tackled the “Marble Maze” where students were given a peg board, pegs and rubber bands to design a maze for a marble to run through. Other workshops included testing the pH of various water bottle brands and DNA extraction experiments.
6th Grade Science Teacher Laura Hayes Bowles and 8th Grade Math Teacher Deb Silvernail chaperoned the trip.