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My Day with Microsoft HackingSTEM

During March Break, a few of my friends and I took the train with Mr. Tangredi (a teacher who worked at our school) to Toronto to attend the Microsoft HackingSTEM day at the Ontario Science Centre. We took a taxi from the train station to the Ontario Science Centre. We were so excited to go into the science center to see what the day had in store for us. When we arrived, we walked to the area where the Microsoft HackingSTEM program was located. First, we had to learn how to make robotic fingers. It was so interesting to learn about how the robotics worked. The science behind it was so neat! After learning the science behind building the fingers, and learning how to build them, we had to help others build theirs. The first kids came in and walked over to the table my friends and I were working at. I helped a little girl who seemed super interested in the project. I loved helping the kids build their robotic fingers because they had fun and, to be honest, I did too. After a while not many people were coming in to see what the program was all about so my friends and I decided it would be a good idea to recruit new kids to come and check out the STEM stations. I think kids like to learn new things when other kids are teaching them.

The car racing station was also a lot of fun. We would help kids build cars out of pins, paperclips, and hotwheels. The paperclip would set of a sensor and show how fast their car was traveling. The kids loved the car station and some of them spent hours there. Other kids had problems with their car so I helped them solve the problem by adding or lessening weight. I would test their cars and help them build their cars which was very fun. Overall, I really liked this event but my favourite was the robotic fingers.

I think the Microsoft HackingSTEM program was such a great experience! It taught me a lot about learning, helping others and having fun with science. Everyone was so nice and helpful and made learning about science interesting and fun. I loved everything about the day and I hope to do it again soon.

About the Author:

My name is Lavinnia. I am twelve years old. I like drawing, playing music on the drums, piano, and trumpet, and playing video games. My favorite subjects in school are science and math. I wrote a summary of my day with the Microsoft HackingSTEM program at the Ontario Science Centre. I had fun learning new things about science and loved teaching other kids how things work.

Fair Chance Learning is a proud partner of Microsoft's program HackingSTEM. To learn more about HackingSTEM and to access free resources for STEM activities in your classroom, please visit: aka.ms/HackingSTEM

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