ASPIRA USES VIRTUAL SCIENCE PROJECT TO GROW INTERESTS IN STEM MAJORS

Dr. William H. Horton School Elementary School, Newark, NJ

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ASPIRA Program Coordinator Soledad "Maggie" Aguilar along with the Dr. William H. Horton School is using science to keep students interested in STEM.

On April 28th, Ms. Aguilar invited guest speaker Cierra Green to conduct a VLAB experiment with students using the Zoom platform. VLABs are simulated lab environments typically implemented as a software program that allows the users (students, in this case) to perform their experiments.

Students were instructed on the principles of Electro plasticity, using ordinary items that could be found in the home. Electroplasticity is defined as the reduction in flow stress of a material undergoing deformation on passing an electrical pulse through it, or in layman's terms, how well a material conducts electricity. Students were taught the basic principles of how it appears in the world and is used in industry and technology. They also learned about circuitry, electroplating, and a whole host of other related principles.

All of the participating students were hand-delivered materials to participate in the program, and needless to say, it was a success. Students asked a myriad of questions and their interest was clearly peaked. Good job, Maggie!!

We captured a few screenshots and pictures of the program for your viewing.
 

For more information, contact Ms. Aguilar at 973-484-7554 ext. 215 or saguilaraspiranj@gmail.com.

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