Sick of watching Saturday morning cartoons? Want to skip out on weekend errands and chores? Spend some time with your family learning insect anatomy, identifying twigs in winter, and having STEM-powered fun instead! The UNH STEM Discovery Lab hosts its fourth annual 4-H Science Bonanza on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3: 00 p.m. Though the event is geared primarily toward youth ages 5-13, adults and older kids are welcome to join the festivities.
This event gives youth the chance to explore a wide variety of STEM topics in a fun, interactive atmosphere. The Science Bonanza offers three 60-minute workshops across a vareity of topic areas including: Makers/engineering, plant and animal science, food and nutrition and ecology/environment. Participants will choose their workshops and learn about electrical circutry, forensic science, healthy eating, astronomy and more!
What can you and your family expect at the Science Bonanza? You and your kids can learn about how to imagine, design and build anything with the maker/engineering workshop. If plant and animals are more interesting to your kids, they’ll learn how plants grow, how to keep animals healthy, and the science behind agriculture and livestock. Food and nutrition workshops cover how to keep our bodies and minds healthy and using science to cook food, while ecology/environment sessions reveal how to observe and explore the natural world. In past years, participants made smoothies using a bicycle, test-drove robots, built amazing structures out of everyday materials and more!
The Science Bonanza team envisions the day as a place where youth can experience a variety of STEM workshops that are exciting and different from what they might learn in a typical school day. It’s also a chance to learn more about getting involved in other STEM Discovery Lab programs, including the Discovery 4-H Club in Manchester.
Along with workshops, there will be food available, demonstrations from a variety of organizations from the area and a raffle at the end of the day. Our youngest participants, 4-7 year olds will have their very own experience at the Bonanza for the morning. Registration opens September 20th, 2021. So mark your calendars and plan on taking a break from the December holiday rush for some STEM-powered family fun.