Sink your hands into science at STEM in the Park


BOWLING GREEN, O.— What do you get when you cross a giant bubble, a snake and a mechanical engineer? You get STEM in the Park! The event seeks to increase public engagement in STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

STEM in the Park, presented by Kroger, runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in front of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Participants will get a free lunch, take-home STEM activities and experience over 50 interactive displays and activities created by community partners and area universities to engage children of all ages in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Last year’s event attracted over 1,700 people from the area.

NWO, the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education at BGSU, organizes the free event on campus for the entire northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan community. NWO is a partnership among a number of area universities, K-12 schools and community partners who come together to showcase innovation and educational opportunities and promote positive attitudes toward STEM teaching and learning.

Parking is free in lots A and G on Wooster Street, or 4, 4A and E on Thurstin Avenue. In the event of inclement weather, STEM in the Park will be held inside Perry Field House. Visit www.nwocenter.org/STEMinPark for updates and more information.

Additional sponsors include BP-Husky, LLC; Connect a Million Minds - A Time Warner Cable Initiative; The BGSU Foundation; Wal-Mart; Ohio STEM Learning Network; Batelle; Bowling Green Community Foundation; a variety of BGSU colleges and departments, and Carolina Biological, with additional help from The Andersons and Coca-Cola.

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(Posted August 29, 2012 )