We had a great time with our friends today at the community garden story hour!
Crandon area youth are invited to tour one of five custom built vehicles in the United States that were created to excite youth in science, technology, engineering, and math. Thanks to the generosity of Wausau area scouting organization the Samoset Council, the Vortex will make its appearance on Wednesday, June 28th from 1:00 – 4 p.m. at the Crandon Public Library.
The Vortex has six mobile lab stations that come with a unique set of experiments done only in the mobile lab as well as a microscope that can be connected to flat screen TVs, a 3-D printer, three flat screen TVs on the outside of the vehicle and one TV on the inside. The mobile lab also has a functioning refrigerator to store chemicals and a microwave to warm up liquids. There are many opportunities for kids to work on their engineering skills in the Vortex through K’nex kits, Snap Circuits, Little Bits kits, and apps that allow you to design bridges and rollercoasters.
Former library staff member Amanda Flannery Hoppa will be driving the Vortex to Crandon and is excited to offer this opportunity to Crandon area youth. The primary mission of the Vortex is to serve youth in the STEM Scout Labs of the Samoset Council; however the Vortex is also available at times to visit schools and other community events to promote STEM Scouts.
This program is free and open to both residents and visitors to the area. Youth ages 3rd to 8th grade will benefit most from this program yet anyone interested in viewing the STEM Vortex is also encouraged to visit. Youth six years old or younger will be required to tour with an adult. For more information, please contact Michelle at 715-478-3784.