STEM Nights focus on lighting the spark of science in 4th & 5th graders. Each night is held at the middle school serving the elementary schools of the 4th and 5th graders. Each 2 1/2 hour night, divided into three time slots, offers each student 3 choices of the more than 20 experiments/demonstrations available.
The middle school students assist the experiments, many of which are augmented by junior and senior high school students – the power of this STEM approach is students assisting students who are teaching students
Every three years we rotate back to the original group of 5 middle schools – 3 in Harford County and 2 in Cecil County. John Carroll High School, representing private and home-schooled students is also included in this rotation.
The entire program is financially supported by NMTC; via member dues and fund-raising events during the year (and in-kind support from Cecil College and the respective middle schools involved) and run by volunteers from academia, industry & government who, through this program, are boldly creating new ways to inspire the desire for STEM education, not just for our region, but to strengthen our country’s most pressing national security issue – producing more scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, to put them to work solving our toughest problems in our economy and defense.