Students Make STEM Approachable
On April 26th and 27th, representatives of TJ clubs manned TJ’s “Hands-on Science” booth in the Engineering Pavilion at the USA Science & Engineering Festival. “Meet students from ‘TJ,’ the regional science and technology high school in Northern Virginia,” the festival brochure stated, “They will be sharing hands-on exhibits and activities so you can explore topics in astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, math, engineering, and robotics.”
The Festival, in its third year, is the largest STEM education event in the United States. TJ has participated every year.
Student members of WISE (Women Interested in Science & Engineering), Bioengineering Projects for the Future, Botball Robotics, and Environmental Impact Club each filled a two hour and forty-five minute time slot, while Astronomy Club members filled two, ensuring that TJ’s booth was well-equipped to welcome curious youngsters all weekend.
In addition, two TJ seniors were featured on the Festival’s Teen Inventor Panel. Andrea Li, Captain of TJ’s MIT-Lemelson InvenTeam, spoke about the team’s bioengineering project, a device to aid autistic children in interpreting emotions. Rohan Punnoose, the current lead on the TJ3Sat team, told the audience about working on the first high school satellite in space and other TJ aerospace projects.
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