Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

January 22, 2013

Super Saturday at the library: Students put new spin on engineering

By SHELLEY SMITH
Glasgow Daily Times

EDMONTON —

Samantha Stone, 9, and Kaitlin Godsey, 8, worked with a styrofoam ball, pieces of straw and paper to form a windmill at the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library’s Discover Tech Super Saturday event.

The Super Saturday, hosted by the library, was put together by the Western Kentucky University’s the Center for Gifted Studies and WKU’s Sky Teach, a program to prepare undergraduates for a career in math and science education.  

Kaitlin and Samantha worked together to figure out how to get the windmill blades to spin properly when tested against a small box fan. Samantha and Kaitlin, like several other elementary students, investigated real-life engineering challenges while developing their own hand pollinators or windmills. Though their challenges were different the answer to solving the puzzle was always the engineer’s motto of “think, build, test, do it again.”

“I like how we get to learn more about engineering because that’s what I want to be when I grow up,” Samantha said.

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