Mathematics and science departments entertain local high school students

photo: Contributed
Edinboro students participated with surrounding area high schools in Ross hall for the first annual STEM day. The activities were held on Oct. 14.
The first STEM event is held in EUP

By Anne Quinn
Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science

On Reading Day, Oct. 14, several departments in the College of Sciences and Health professions welcomed 160 high school students to tour departments in Cooper Hall and in the newly renovated Ross Hall during the first annual STEM Day at Edinboro. Students from General McLane, Cambridge Springs, Saegertown and Union City spent four hours in activities in the departments of mathematics and computer science, biology, chemistry, geosciences and physics.

Presentations were given by department faculty and current undergraduate students. In Ross Hall, high school students heard presentations on topics including mathematical card tricks, interning at Argonne, Zbikowski’s divisibility rules, isomorphic graphs, steganography and research in computational and quantum chemistry.

In Cooper Hall, they toured the planetarium, the museum, the observatory and the physics lab. They also learned about the acidity of food products and how to extract DNA. The day ended with box lunches in Van Houten. Both students and their teachers, many of whom are Edinboro alumni, enjoyed the tours, and they looked forward to returning for Pi Day in March and another STEM Day next October.