Adams County Extension Office offers program to promote STEM

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - An Adams County Extension Office, program is helping students dive deeper into the world of STEM.

A representative visited Zion Lutheran School Wednesday to teach students about engineering and what it entails. But it's not a boring lecture that kids want to sleep through.

Instead, they get challenged to test their knowledge and build bridges with various tools.

“Especially kids like science right now,” Adams County 4-H Assistant Julie Ochsner said. “They're really into science, they're really into technology but not so much math. But by the time I’m done and talk to them about how we use math in our everyday lifestyles math becomes more important.”

The instructor says it is important to foster an interest in scientific activities at a young age.

“I come in and we do basic simple structures, the kids have a challenge, and they get to figure out how to be an engineer themselves,” Ochsner said. “Along with that it also involves team building.”

The program can be a classroom supplement, an after school course, or part of a science club. Zion will have two more sessions in the coming weeks to talk about robotics, mechanics, and other sciences.