STEM Journey V Brings Robotics Activities Saturday to Sandwich

CCB MEDIA PHOTO: Co-organizers Jennifer MaClachlan and Jack Driscoll of PID Analyzers

SANDWICH – An annual Cape Cod event to showcase science, technology, engineering and math returns to Sandwich High School and STEM Academy for the second time this Saturday.

STEM Journey V, which is designed to create more interest in STEM learning, features more than 40 hands-on STEM related activities and exhibitors, local resources, student projects, along with a mini college fair.

This year’s edition was originally scheduled for March but had to be rescheduled because of a nor’easter.

The event will focus this year on robotics.

Jack Driscoll from PID Analyzers, a local technology company, said the goal of the event is to create more interest in STEM fields.

“It should be a really good event because there is a lot going on in the high schools with robotics,” said Driscoll.

Co-organizer Jennifer MaClachlan said they have a full slate of activities this year.

“Hands on activities, kind of like a science festival. But then we add in the lecture portion, which is really important, so we pick a couple of speakers who can talk about their successful careets in STEM,” said MaClachlan.

This year the focus on the speeches in women in STEM.

“In fact we read over the Sandwich STEM Academy and there is usually half a dozen or more robots in the room when we meet there, so it should be a very interesting topic,” Driscoll said.

MaClachlan said getting more students involved in STEM will broaden their education.

“Instead of just having English language arts, Mathematics, social studies, sciences, the core curriculum subjects, they go a step forward and they add specific STEM related fields. So have engineering is core subject now in the 7th grade,” she said.

The free STEM Journey IV is open to students of all ages and runs from 11 AM through 3:30 PM.

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