TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Students from three Leon County elementary schools gathered to put their new engineering skills to work Wednesday morning.
Fourth-graders met at Roberts Elementary School for a collaborative lesson, "Engineering is Elementary," involving building and testing small-scale windmills.
About 200 students from Sullivan and Gilchrist schools gathered in the Roberts cafeteria for a meet-and-greet that involved the schools' teachers, parents, and local science experts who shared their experiences in STEM- and STEAM-related fields.
Included in the guest presentation was ABC 27 First Alert Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse, who discussed weather forecasting in a multimedia environment and the pathways in his career. Cas was joined by mechanical engineer Chris Neal, and meteorologist and CEO of WeatherSTEM Ed Mansouri.
The children broke into smaller groups to experiment with their windmill designs, made from everyday items like beverage cartons, styrofoam balls, and popsicle sticks, then tested their functionality in front of oscillating room fans.
The event was funded by a grant from the Foundation for Leon County Schools.
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