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Kids explore the world of science

Jan 21, 2021 10:16AM ● By Becky Ginos

FARMINGTON—Kids at Eagle Bay Elementary are growing bacteria – in petri dishes. It’s all part of a STEM club where students participate in activities to learn more about the world around them.

“Each session goes for three weeks,” said fourth-grade teacher Christina Brimhall who is also STEM endorsed. “Every month is considered a session. We do a math, science and engineering activity. The last week we learn coding.”

The program is for first through sixth grade and students have to sign up to participate, she said. “We can have up to 40. Usually it’s 50 but with COVID we can’t over fill up with kids.”

Brimhall loves running the club. “Math and science are my passion,” she said. “I love to spark curiosity and wonder. I want to make them aware of their natural world and find science everywhere and ask ‘why does it do that?’”

On this day, students were given a cotton swab and told to search for germs on surfaces in the school. First grader Preston Briggs swabbed a chair. “I’ve learned about washing your hands and cleaning stuff and wiping stuff off.”

Lucy Vriens, a third grader, tackled the bathroom floor. “It’s my first time in STEM,” she said. “I like learning about science and it’s cool to know about stuff that other people don’t.”