Approximately 700 fourth graders from Weatherford ISD, the Millsap ISD Gifted and Talented program and area home schoolers attended the inaugural year of STEMania at Weatherford College’s main campus Friday.
After several years of successful STEMania events at WC’s Wise County campus, faculty and staff led by Dr. Lisa Welch, WC Life Science Department Chair, and Dr. Allison Stamatis, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences, worked to add the event to the Weatherford campus.
“My goal with this event is to get students excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) while exposing them to the college atmosphere,” Welch said. “I hope this early intro-
duction gets them to thinking about their future and college. I want them to leave with a ‘can do’ attitude towards college and the STEM areas.”
STEMania included more than 50 activities ranging from flying bowling balls and digging fossils to math-based card tricks and paper engineering that had students and their teachers praising the event.
“I cannot say enough about STEMania,” said Linda Bourland, K-12 Science Coordinator for WISD. “This well-planned event was a wonderful learning experience. Not only was STEMmania a great hands-on, engaging, learning experience in science and math but also our students had fun learning. The experience of visiting the Weatherford College campus could be phenomenal for some students’ futures.”
Seguin Elementary fourth grade teacher Linda Rogers contacted Welch after the event to inquire about WC participating in the school’s upcoming STEAM night, which will incorporate arts into the mix.
“What a fantastic opportunity for our fourth graders,” Rogers said. “They were super excited after the event and talked about all of the activities.”
STEMania was sponsored by Imperial Construction and Schulman Theaters.