Detailed diagrams on the walls, innovative equipment on the shelves and cooties surrounded the room. For ten year old Clara, this was a bittersweet experience.
“Being the only girl makes me feel different and weird,” Clara said. “[But] I’m here to learn so it’s okay.”
Students grades six through ten came to a physics camp at Northern Kentucky University for a hands-on science experience.
STEM coordinator William Schneider and his co-instructor Jim Daniels were happy to offer their experience to the youths.
“I do the planinn’ [and] Jim does the practicin’,” Schneider, who taught kids the basics and concepts of physics, said.
William’s co-organizer Tom Edwards believed that this experience will guide the students interested in the science field into today’s progressive technologically based society.
“We want to progress through technology,” Edwards said. “With STEM, we move forward, we are innovative and we never look back.”
Although it has only been two days, Clara learned about new concepts she had never learned before at school.
“Yesterday we mostly did flight planning we talked about different instruments on the control panel,” Clara said. “We covered different things like gravity and force which was pretty interesting.”
Student Mentor Ian Reinhardt observed enormous potential within the students.
“[These students] are indeed young,” Reinhardt said. “But because of their interest [in this field] and efforts, they are able to pick the core concepts.”
Clara has great interest in physics but she is unsure of becoming a pilot like her dad; she also has an interest for writing. Nevertheless, she tried to absorb the whole experience of STEM.
“It’s difficult,” Clara said. “But it’s also fun.”