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HPU Hosts Local Middle School Students for ‘STEM Day’

Posted on May 2, 2013.

HPU High Point University STEM STEM Day 2 STEM Day 3HIGH POINT, N.C., May 1, 2013 – Dozens of students from Welborn Middle School spent the day learning about science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) during a visit to High Point University.

Students visited HPU’s School of Education where they worked in engineering teams to build a robotic Ferris wheel out of LEGOs. They also toured the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab to experience how their body reacts to different altitudes, test an EMG sensory system and jump on force plates to learn about motion.

The day was rewarding for both the middle school students and HPU faculty.

“Our education majors appreciated the level of engagement from the middle school students,” said Dr. Shirley Disseler, assistant professor of education. “One middle school student said that if he could have this experience every day, he would absolutely love school.”

Disseler was recently named chairperson of the Global LEGO Education Advisory Panel’s (LEAP) Advisory Board. The title has allowed HPU’s School of Education to host a several LEGO and robotics day events for a number of local elementary and middle schools.

Teachers and students will be invited back for another STEM LEGO event in June.

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