2014 List of Exhibitors

Check out all these cool exhibits which showcase the wide range of science, technology, engineering and math concepts. It’s fun for all ages! Students will engage in hands-on STEM activities and parents will get information about STEM resources and how STEM education is being implemented throughout the Lowcountry.

2014 STEM FESTIVAL KICK-OFF EXHIBITS

4-H Science on the Move (Clemson Extension) – Many hands-on-activities related to rocketry, GPS/GIS, robotics, alternative energies and power, wind and electric, health science, plant and animal science, environmental science, and bio technology.

The Amazing World of Birds of Prey (Center for Birds of Prey) – Meet several of the CBP’s educational ambassadors and learn about their unique adaptations, ecological niches, and conservation challenges. Examine “bio-artifacts” including wings, feathers and feet and discover firsthand the unique adaptations that allow owls to fly silently, osprey to grip slippery fish and falcons to stoop at over 200 mph!

Animal Adaptations (Sewee Association) Students will work to figure out how animals are adapted to their food source by using tools (nut crackers, pliers, straws, scissors, can openers, chop sticks, etc.) to try and “eat” different food items (seeds, clay on a stick, nectar, fish, etc.).

Are they related? Find the Homologous Structures (The Citadel, Biology Department) – Learn about homology – the study of shared ancestry between a pair of structures, or genes, in different species. Skeletons of a frog, lizard, and fox, and bones from a human arm will be displayed and participants will be asked to identify which bones in the human arm are homologous with the other animals.

Be fit! Technology in Motion (The Citadel Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science) – Explore how technology can help you be more fit! Pedometers, jump ropes, and a walking demonstration.

Blockly-A Maze Game (Charleston Southern University, Computer Information Systems Department) – Play “Blockly” on tablets, iMacs and Windows 8 computers and explore CSU student computer science projects.

Build-A-Buoy! (SC Sea Grant Consortium) – Buoys are used for a variety  of functions: navigational safety, data collection (weather data), and safety (think “swimmies” when you are learning to swim!). Participants will learn about buoys from a PowerPoint presentation and interactive quiz and participate in many hands-on activities: construct and test a buoy design; try the “Sink or Float” challenge, predicting  what an object will do in water; convert a small ball of clay into a design that floats; and make weather data collection tools (rain gauge, anemometer).

Calling All Kool Kids (MeadWestvaco) – Learn about chemical properties. Kool-aid test (a beaker with a piece of our carbon product placed inside the beaker – pour colored Kool-aid through beaker; once Kool-aid passes through carbon, it loses its color and odor). Sniff test – MWV’s Versacomb product cleans the air and causes lime scent to disappear. Learn about various careers available at MWV and the possible education path to enter these careers.

Can you crack the code? (Charleston Southern University) – With the advent of modern technology, code-breaking has become a rapidly-developing field with applications for national defense and cyber security. In this exhibit, students will be introduced to the basic mathematics behind code-breaking using candy as manipulatives. Using these concepts, they will then work in pairs to send simple encrypted messages back and forth with the help of iPad technology for calculations.

Cougars STEM Den (College of Charleston) – Join us for an exciting day of science exploration.  We will examine rocks, fossils and extinct animals that roamed the region; we will build houses and to see how they stand up during an earthquake, like the quake here in Charleston in 1886; we will investigate our coastlines and how they are changing; we will debunk some myths about climate change, mythbusters style; we will investigate energy, electricity, magnetism and optics; we will test the chemistry of Harry Potter; we will explore computing in the arts, how technology can play a role in art; and finally we will explore sustainability, computer science and space science. Brought to you by the College of Charleston Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology and Physics Departments, Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Natural History Museum, NASA SC Space Grant Consortium, Office of Sustainability, SC Earthquake Education and Preparedness Program, and Tideline Tours.

Countdown with the USS Yorktown (Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum) – Math and science concepts will be reinforced with fast-paced problem solving as participants race the clock. Ipads and monitors will receive and deliver information while students use critical thinking skills to “save the day”. Did your ship lose steerageway on an incoming tide? No problem. Need to launch a plane off of an aircraft carrier? You’ve got it covered. Solve a mysteriousssss slithering situation? Come on by and show yourself that you have what it takes to solve the toughest STEM challenges! 

DreamLearners (The Boeing Company) – Learn about flight and aerospace engineering from Boeing staff. Build a paper airplanes to take home.

Discover, Learn and Have Fun with STEM (Charleston County Public Library) – Explore STEM resources for students in all grade levels, including free STEM ebooks from Sylvan Dell, the Science In Context database for MS and HS students, and free science magazine subscriptions online. Hands-on activities include math matching game with patterns for younger children and two science activities for elementary and MS students (The “Screaming Cup” activity, which will use cups and string to demonstrate sound and vibration energy and the “Spinning Penny” activity which will use balloons and pennies to demonstrate centripetal force).

Engineering and Robotics from LEGOs to Machines (Charleston Southern University, Engineering Dual Degree Program) – Exhibit will showcase several different types of robots and provide interactive discussions and demos.

Engineering Careers and STEM Outreach (SPAWAR) – “Rover” Unmanned Drone vehicles for students to have some “hands-on” fun with. Learn about SPAWAR’s STEM-related projects and STEM careers.

Exploring Math Concepts with iPads (Charleston Southern University, Math Department) – CSU elementary ed students are having a contest to see who can make the most engaging and meaningful lesson out for an iPad app designed for elementary math students. Some of these apps will be demo’d at the exhibit.

Fun with Engineering (The Citadel School of Engineering) – Explore engineering through interactive toys, models and tools.

Evolution of the Universe…in a Necklace (Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry and the College of Charleston) – A bead for the galaxies, a bead for our solar system, a bead for life, and a bead for us ourselves! Participants will be able to easily recount the story of life after making a beautiful necklace of beads highlighting the major evolutionary events. There will be a retelling of the origin of the universe from the big bang to you.

Gabions: Civil War Defense Building Blocks (Fort Sumter National Monument) – Students will put together a gabion made from pipe cleaners and learn about the importance of gabions as a building material during the United States Civil War.

Google CS – Learn about CS First, an afterschool enrichment program in computer science. Use  Chromebooks to engage in the content and learn to code! Find out more about volunteering at a local school to implement the program.

The Great Wallenda and Physics (Discovery Education) – Students will create their own model to show how tightropers are capable of staying upright on a thin wire and be able to define gravity and forces as they explain their model.

How Can Bugs Walk on Water (Charleston Southern University, Chemistry Department) – Visitors will use water, pennies and paper clips to learn about surface tension and hydrogen bonding.

Innovations Inspired by Nature (SC Aquarium) – From wind turbines to swim suits, people have looked to nature for inspiration on how to create efficient products. Participants will take part in a hands-on activity and learn about some of the amazing animals at the aquarium. Pick up your coupon for discounted admission to the aquarium.

Marine Touch Tank (SC Department of Natural Resources) – Live marine vertebrates and invertebrates from the Charleston Harbor for viewing and touching (when safe). These animals will be used to explore adaptations that different organisms have to survive in their specific environment.

A Mathematical Prediction for “The End of the World” (The Citadel, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science) – Put your problem-solving skills to the test and learn more about how math is applied in daily life. Talk with Citadel students and professors about the study of mathematics and career fields.

Mixing, Testing, and Seeing (Medical University of South Carolina) – Students will use a pretend lab notebook for writing down observations, plastic test tubes, gloves, vortexer, safety glasses  to mix waters and estimate color changes, model of the brain, taste strips, microscope with example slides.

Motion Mapping Game (S2TEM Centers SC) – Students will use motion detectors and try to match graphs of motion–facilitators at the exhibit will ask questions to encourage collaboration and critical thinking and use graphs that are grade level appropriate.

Physics in Motion (Citadel Physics Department)- Hands-on physics demonstrations in mechanics and optics. Participants will have an opportunity to “play” with the demonstration equipment and learn by doing.

Ready, Set, Launch! (The STEM Center of Excellence at The Citadel) – Try out the “Hoplite” trebuchet and see how accurately you can launch the ball at the target. Learn about the Trebuchet Competition taking place on February 15th on The Citadel campus.

Restoring the LowCountry through innovation, conservation, and STEM outreach (Clemson University – Restoration Institute) – The booth will have displays from three organizations: The SCE&G innovation center, the Warren Lasch Conservation Center and Carolina Clear. The SCE&G innovation center will display images of the newly constructed center and provide information about wind and other renewable energy. Participants will be able to construct their own pin-wheel and watch as the wind moves it, thus reinforncing the power that we can harness from wind. The Warren Lasch Conservation Center will display a small replica of the Hunley and explain how science is helping to conserve the artifacts found inside of it. Carolina Clear will display props used to explain water conservation related to daily activities.

Science in Action (Trident Technical College) – Lots of information and demonstrations to explore a range of science concepts. What does an engineer do? Horticulture demonstrations. Live Hissing Cockroaches and insect collections to view. Hydrogen Powered Car demo. Laing MS students will showcase LED art designs.

STEM in Charleston County School District – Several schools will share information about how STEM education is thriving in Charleston County. Teachers and staff will be demonstrating STEM activities and participants will get an opportunity to engage in hands on activities.

STEM Integration in Berkeley County School District – Students from various programs in Berkeley County schools will facilitate STEM activities integrated in academic and CTE courses.

Super Structures (Mad Science of Charleston) – This exhibit will introduce the children to the fascinating science of architecture and engineering. They will learn about structures, the forces behind them, and shapes and materials that strengthen them, compression and tension, amazing arches and strong cylinders.

Under Pressure (Corpus Callosum) – Visitors will experiment with a few different air pressure products and come up with creative names and branding for the products. They will be able to design and take home an index card for to recreate the magic card air pressure demonstration.

UV Bead Bracelets (Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry) – Children will make bracelets  with UV beads that change colors in ultraviolet light. Learn about the importance of wearing sunscreen  outside (even in winter). Pick up coupon for $1 off admission to the museum.

What is it? What’s its story? (Charleston County Parks & Rec) – Visitors will explore a variety of natural history artifacts (such as bobcat taxidermy, pinned insects, shells, skulls, and bones) and learn how they relate to biological information as well as conservation issues.

You be the Chemist (Chemical Educational Foundation)- Perform a T-shirt Tie Dye experiment and participate in “You Be The Chemist Challenge,” a national event starting from a local event that moves then to the state level and then to national.