Editor’s note: STEMosphere, an interactive expo featuring hands-on and “brains-on” science activities, brought students and adults alike to Grand Rapids Public Museum on Nov. 12. Put on by Share Fair Michigan, it was held in conjunction with a daylong teacher training in science education at Grand Valley State University. School News Network sent photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick to catch some of the action, from gaming and virtual reality to engineering and animals.
Kent ISD’s own STEM consultants, Ebiri Nkugba and Rick Mushing, were among those providing all the activities. Their activities included robots, a drone demonstration, flight simulator and even a virtual reality activity. They report “planting lots of seeds” with students who will become our future workforce.
Dianne Carroll Burdick has worked as a photojournalist in the West Michigan area since 1991. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she has photographed for The Grand Rapids Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Detroit Free Press, Advance Newspapers, Grand Rapids Magazine, BLUE Magazine and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting and thought provoking stories of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2016.
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