March 1, 2024 |

Photo – BOCES STEM Activity flyer – Courtesy BOCES

Monday is the last day to sign up for the Board of Cooperative Higher Educational Services’ STEM class in Hanna.

Next Friday, the Carbon County Board of Cooperative Higher Educational Services, or BOCES, is hosting a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math activity in the Hanna Recreation Center.

BOCES Coordinator Stacey Erickson said six years ago, the White House declared that American high school students were behind other countries in the STEM fields. Erickson said American College Testing, or ACT, scores showed that American students were consistently testing lower in science and math. The BOCES coordinator said next Friday’s class is a way to introduce children to some of the aspects of STEM.

Friday’s BOCES STEM activity will see participants putting together small wooden puzzles. Erickson said attendees can choose from a variety of easy-to-assemble three-dimensional models.

Erickson said the class is open to all ages. However, the BOCES coordinator said younger children will likely require adult assistance to put together their model.

Erickson said she is hosting STEM Activities in all the towns serviced by Carbon County School District Two. Next Friday’s class will be in Hanna. The BOCES coordinator said Medicine Bow and Elk Mountain will be next, with Encampment not long after.

The BOCES STEM Activity is next Friday, March 8th, at the Hanna Recreation Center from 2:30 to 4:30pm. Attendance is free. Models can be taken home after the event.

To register for the class, call BOCES Coordinator Stacey Erickson at 339-3033 or send an email to Registration ends on Monday, March 4th.

Erickson said STEM activities help foster critical thinking and problem-solving and help students learn to analyze information.

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