Wind-powered cars highlight STEM Saturday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 20, 2019

RESERVE — STEM St. John recently held its first STEM Saturday on force and motion at Regala Park in Reserve. More than 250 children, volunteers and parents took part in activities to learn Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Students and parents designed and built wind-powered cars, according to STEM NOLA Founder Calvin Mackie. Students then raced their cars in an exciting competition.

“The races were amazing!” Mackie said. “Thank you to Parish President Natalie Robottom for your leadership, support and commitment to our children. Thank you St. John United Way for your support and sponsorship.”

St. John Parish officials have planned for 10 STEM Saturdays to be held annually for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. A STEM Fest was held in August to preview the impact STEM Saturdays can have in the local community.

“We’re trying to mirror the industries that we have here in St. John the Baptist Parish,” United Way Director Artis Williams told L’OBSERVATEUR.

“Parents are going to be overwhelmed with what’s available and excited to see how their kids react to all of the technology. We’re excited to partner with the parish and STEM NOLA to put this event on for the community.”

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