Boise State's STEM Exploration Day: The Cool Factor of Science


In an effort to attract greater numbers of kids to science, technology, engineering and math, Boise State scholars will spend part of their Saturday emphasizing the cool factor of science to young students.

Boise State’s College of Engineering will be facilitating 50 hands-on activities Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Formerly known as Discover Engineering Day, Boise State’s STEM Exploration Day will be held at the campus' engineering complex on University Drive.

“It’s a way to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math,” said Leandra Aburusa-Lete, the coordinator for student support at Boise State’s College of Engineering.

Among the fifty activities, there’s a wind tunnel simulating twenty to twenty-five mile per hour winds, a presentation by astronaut educator Barbara Morgan and the opportunity to build a NASA heat shield. Additionally, two of the sponsors, United Water and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, will demonstrate the contamination of ground water with an edible aquifer layered with gummy bears, ice cream and chocolate chips.

Aburusa-Lete explained the high demand for engineers and scientists make events like Saturday’s science extravaganza at Boise State so important. For K-12 students, participants will be able to ride segways and bicycle generators, build catapults and bristle-bots (a robot made from toothbrush bristles) and, hopefully, gain an appreciate for the maths and sciences. Best of all, it’s free.