Weatherford College hosted hundreds of fourth graders at the annual STEMania events held last week at both the Weatherford and Wise County campuses.
On Thursday, WC Wise County welcomed more than 875 students from 14 schools in Wise, Jack and Palo Pinto counties for their day-long event. Students had the opportunity to visit 63 different activities related to science, technology, engineering and math.
“It is an amazing sight to see a whole campus and community come together to introduce fourth graders to the STEM areas and to see these students walk away knowing what their future might hold,” said Becki Byrd, WCWC Student Services Coordinator.
The next day, nearly 900 students from Parker County schools attended STEMania at the Weatherford campus.
“We have amazing students that really step-up and handle themselves very professionally for this event and the fourth graders love them,” said Dr. Lisa Welch, Life Sciences Department Chair. “The fourth graders left excited about STEM areas, attending college and Weatherford College.”
“The fourth graders really enjoy the hands on activities,” added Dr. Allison Stamatis, WC Life Science instructor, “and I feel that it is important to expose students at a younger age to possibilities within the STEM fields.”
More than 800 volunteers participated in making these two events a success including WC students, faculty and staff as well as volunteers from the various school districts and the community.
Special recognition goes out to the Wise County Associate Degree Nursing students who garnered enough donations to send each fourth grader home from the WCWC event with a bicycle helmet.
“These amazing nursing students reached their goal and as the fourth graders loaded onto their buses, each one received a helmet,” Byrd said. “There were so many smiles, and even a few tears, as the students realized that everyone got to go home with a helmet. There were also two lucky students who went home with a bicycle thanks to the ADN students.”