‘Science Saturday’ is a hit in Brooke County schools

Taryn Linder BLINDING THEM WITH SCIENCE — Members of Brooke Middle School’s Technology Student Association club prepare to show their project to third and fourth grade students from the county. From left, Brady Mercer, eighth grade; Kyle Johnson, eighth grade; Julia Anderson, seventh grade; Austin Robinson, seventh grade; science teacher Becky Beiter, Brooke Middle School; kneeling: Ian Robinson, seventh grade.

FOLLANSBEE — Science Saturday rocketed off over the weekend.

The fifth-annual Science Saturday had around 100 Brooke County students from third to sixth grades in attendance.

Organized by the retired and active teachers in either the Brooke County Reading Council and Alpha Kappa Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, Science Saturday is a STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math) event.

“Because we can’t accommodate all students, we (committee members) ask teachers to choose kids to come who they believe will benefit from the experience,” said committee member Suzanne Davidson.

Davidson noted that most of the students show an interest in science.

“Earth, Wind and Fire,” was the theme for this year’s voluntary program, with special guest speaker Jonathan Hood from the Follansbee Volunteer Fire Department.

“I used to attend these same kind of events,” said Hood. “I grew up in these schools. I like coming out to them and spreading interests in careers.”

From the West Virginia University Extension Office, Jason Rine and Diane Lucerl presented a bean in a bottle experiment.

“We showcased agroscience and how 4-H can get people into an agroscience career by first learning what it is,” said Lucerl.

Rine said 4-H from West Virginia Extension Office tries to reach people through a variety of avenues.

“Science Saturday is a good way to reach youths and provide hands-on interactions,” noted Rine.

Additionally, the Brooke High Technology Student Association Club also presented on Saturday.

The TSA club presented all that the club members have learned, and what information and strategies they use, at the competitions they attend throughout the year.

The TSA club attended competitions in robotics, photography, speech and presentation, video production and more.

Along with the Brooke High TSA Club, the Brooke Middle TSA Club also gave a presentation.

“We like seeing how the kids react to what we do,” said Julia Anderson, seventh grade.

In addition to all the presentations, the students received a folder with information on Earth Day, recycling and helping the environment.

Members of the Science Saturday Committee include Linda Arbogast, Sharon Cuomo, Rachel Reardon, Sandy Baldauf, Suzanne Davidson, Marcia Schwertfeger, Jami Packer and Shirley Cuomo.

(Linder can be contacted at tlinder@heraldstaronline.com)