Alcorn's Saturday Science Academy attends the Mississippi Science Festival

Alcorn State University’s Saturday Science Academy visited the Mississippi Science Festival Saturday, Sept. 23 in Jackson, Mississippi.

The Mississippi Science Festival brought leaders from the LeFleur Museum District, which includes the Mississippi Children's Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum to showcase the Magnolia State’s innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industries and organizations.

Students grade five through nine were able to visit the four museums where they participated in the honey making process, programmed robots, made paper and learned the ins and outs of helicopters and cars. Students were able to observe flora and fauna life in their habitat, estimate distances to make their own snow cones and many other fun, hands-on activities.

Mary Trimble, director for the Saturday Science Academy, explained why it was important for students to attend The Mississippi Science Festival.

“The Mississippi Science Festival was a great way to expose children to educational concepts in an exciting and engaging way, as well as provide them with examples of STEM-centered career paths to consider,” said Trimble.

Trimble stated how the opportunity helped students gain experience.

“This trip exposed the students to the different kinds of STEM activities that were offered. Students were able to get away from the usual classroom or lab setting to complete hands-on activities.”

Students of the program said they really enjoyed the different hands-on activities.

“There was so much to see and do “said DeMarco Riggins.” I was able to come home and complete some of the activities.”

Entergy via Traceway CDC sponsored the trip.

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