STEM bus brings science to life at Mountain Home AFB
By Senior Airman Malissa Armstrong, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 10, 2018
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- The base Youth Center partnered with the Micron STEM Bus to bring the world of science, technology, engineering and math to base children.
STEM is an area of focus that looks to prepare children for educational opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The STEM Bus provided the Youth Center a new way to bring the knowledge and excitement of those four fields to students.
Beth Mosier, 366th Fighter Wing Youth Center recreation technician, explains that the center incorporates different projects for the students such as making slime to highlight applied science, and using math and engineering to create catapults.
The Youth Center and the bus provided different stations for exploration. Participants were able to experience hands-on activities such as a thermal finger scanner, a plasma ball, an electrical workstation, 3D doodle pens, virtual reality games and keva blocks.
According to the Air Force STEM website, the service recognizes there is a critical need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics talent for future technology and innovation efforts within our nation’s STEM workforce.
While children have a few years before they can apply their skills, it all starts with sparking their interests to set them on a path.
“Planting a seed early and giving the youth an opportunity to be curious about what STEM is and how they need to incorporate it in their own daily lives will better prepare them both academically and for their future careers,” Mosier said.
Danica Preble, Micron STEM Bus coordinator said the STEM bus is an important tool because it allows them to bring STEM to the children, eliminating the need for the children to have to travel to a far location to experience it.
“The reason I love this is because [the bus] brings it to them and they don’t necessarily have to afford it or be able to get to Boise or a larger city to go to a discovery center,” Preble said. “I feel like this gets to all communities and it gives kids an opportunity to see if there’s something on this bus or something they learned about in the assembly or in our classroom that sparks an interest in them and they’ll know.”