Dayton GEAR UP completed their seventh year running a Summer STEM program. This year the teachers, Doug Yenney and Clint Reser chose a 4-week module in STEM emphasizing a different module each week.
The first week they studied Materials Science. The students studied materials’ physical and chemical properties pertaining to engineering characteristics. The activities included creating and testing projects made from metals, ceramics and glass. A field trip to the Walla Walla Foundry was planned so students could view a pouring which offers services to assist artists in all phases of their project.
The second module was Engineering Design. Students designed, built, and tested a small air powered dragster made from wood. The emphasis on vehicle performance characteristic pertaining to design variables proved to be fun for the students. Students in this picture are testing their air power dragsters. A field trip to Key technology in Walla Walla was planned.
The third module was Environmental Science. During this week students visited the local forest for environmental sampling of streams and other parts of the forest ecosystem (trees, soils, fungi, etc.)
The fourth and final week the students studied Genomic Science. Working with DNA in DNA extraction, Gel Electrophoresis, DNA amplification via the Polymerase Chain Reaction, and Visualization of DNA proved to be a hit with the students. All the sampling came from local organisms of plants and fish.