Maria, a bright-eyed fifth-grader at Gabe Allen Charter School in the Dallas Independent School District, wants to be a doctor – a pediatrician, to be precise – when she grows up. Her classmate, Jacob, wants to be an engineer.
A TI-sponsored event in their schoolyard Tuesday helped reinforce their career choices and make them even more interested in math and science, they said.
“I enjoyed learning more about reflection and refraction,” Maria said as she finished building a solar oven out of pizza boxes, tin foil and plastic wrap. The ovens were then placed in the sun, where they were left to cook fingerling potatoes. “They will cook at 250 degrees during the day.”
The solar oven project was one of several science projects organized for the students during the outdoor event called “A Morning of STEM in the Schoolyard.”
TI Chairman, President and CEO Rich Templeton hosted the first-of-its-kind CEO-led event at a Dallas school to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The event was co-sponsored by the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (UWMD) and supported by two organizations who receive United Way grants for local STEM education programs: Real School Gardens and the Museum of Nature & Science.
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