In December 2015, Towson University Honors College students David Laubner and Nick McKinley as well as Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics students Kielan Wilcomb, Nathan Prins, Emileigh Shoemaker, Dan Zile and Gabe Marte visited Immaculate Conception School (ICS) in Towson to teach eighth graders basic physics concepts.
Through hands-on projects and experiments – like making a hover board – the TU physics and education majors taught the ICS how much fun they can have learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The TU students organized a series of “stations” where students could learn about different topics, among them gravity, atoms, circuits, light and space-time.
One of the teachers noted, “The morning was a wonderful combination of fun and meaningful learning. It is not every day that students are able to learn about physics by riding a hover board! Our 8th graders have been talking about the visit all week and we hope to have these students come again!”
One of the students wrote the following in a thank-you note:
“Thank you for taking the time to come to our school. I learned so much just from the hour you were there. For example, how holograms work, how light switches function and even how black holes work! It was truly an amazing day of science and fun.”