STEM Saturday Draws a Sell-Out Crowd of Elementary School Students

Feb 19, 2016

200 elementary school children have signed up to learn more about energy and engineering tomorrow in Billings.

Industry representatives will be leading hands-on activities while members of Billings Senior High’s STEM Society will be there to mentor the K-through-6th graders.

Senior High Chemistry Teacher Craig Beals (L) talks with the executive board members of Senior High's STEM Society. From Beal's left are Grace Ostermiller, George Dyre, Claire Griffin, and Payton Harrison.
Credit Jackie Yamanaka

“I’m giving up my Saturday because I have a younger sister and she got really excited when they started having these STEM Saturday’s,” says Junior Grace Ostermiller.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Members of the Senior High STEM Society will be at this event to share their enthusiasm for math and science.

“I’m taking physics right now and it’s probably my favorite class that I’ve ever taken just because of the content of the things you learn about and how it relates to everything else,” says Senior Payton Harrison.

Junior George Dyre says he’s also eager to share his love of wanting to know how and why things work.

“Cause I’m super interested in space and aeronautics and stuff and so I’m just looking forward to pass on that same knowledge to other people while learning more about it myself,” he says.

“And science you get to learn about everything,” adds Junior Claire Griffin. “It’s just really interesting. So to spread our interest in STEM and help other people get excited about it is really rewarding.”

All four of these high school students are members of the executive board for Senior High’s STEM Society. Chemistry teacher Craig Beals is their faculty advisor. He says Saturday the role for members of the STEM Society will be as mentors.

“They will be there sort of as leaders to show the younger kids what does science look like when I get older,” Beals says. “What do I need to take and is it still okay to be interested in science when I get to high school.”

Saturday’s Energy and Engineering STEM Saturday event at Orchard School is sold out, even though the organizers raised the attendance to 200. The event is sponsored by STEM Billings.

Registration opens in early March for another STEM Saturday event. This one focuses on the medical field.