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Feeding Minds and Families Sparks Early S.T.E.M. Interest with Community Collaboration

Published: 11/18/2022

In week one, Dr. David Horne, Gannon University physics professor and astronomer, took students to the moon, building rockets, lunar modules and learning about space suits.

In week one, Dr. David Horne, Gannon University physics professor and astronomer, took students to the moon, building rockets, lunar modules and learning about space suits.

The Feeding Minds and Families program, founded by Quyen Aoh, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Gannon University, was created to spark interest in S.T.E.M. fields among young students. 

This semester, students at East Middle School, a Community School, had the opportunity to learn about space exploration, biotechnology, magnetism, wildlife, 3D printing and more during the free, after-school S.T.E.M. program with dinner included for participants and their families. 

The program is supported by an Erie Insurance Investing in our Future Grant and Gannon University. 

In week one, Dr. David Horne, Gannon University physics professor and astronomer, took students to the moon, building rockets and lunar modules, and learning about space suits. 

Week two saw Dr. Aoh and Gannon biology students help participants explore biotechnology and gene engineering

Up next, Erie Magnetics presented demonstrations engaging students in the science of magnetism. 

Tamarack Wildlife Center brought a few special guests for the students to meet during their session, including a screech owl, while teaching about birds of prey, biomimicry, and egg strength. 

Gannon’s GUBotDev was up next, designing and 3D printing while sharing some of the many projects going on at the university with its new maker space. 

Wrapping up Feeding Minds and Families at East Middle School with the science of nanotechnology were Dr. Lisa Nogaj, Dr. Keith Michael Krise, and students from Gannon’s department of chemistry and biochemistry. 

Up next: Strong Vincent Middle School

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