fischertechnik (and Spider-Man) Make a Guest Appearance at the Wasatch Institute of Technology’s “Hour of Code” Event hosted by Adobe. It’s always interesting to see how fischertechnik is used to help introduce students to technology and STEM related concepts. Recently, Annika Boudwin with “Wasatch Inventors and Explorers” in Utah, (one of our fischertechnik family of resellers) shared some photos with us from an event held in her area.
Hour of Code – STEM Related Fun
The event was the Wasatch Institute of Technology’s “Hour of Code”, which was hosted at the Adobe Lehi Campus building at WIT on Saturday, May 17th. The event, billed as a fun day of learning, games activities and presentations, was free and open to all of Utah’s K-12s students and their families. A wide variety of Utah based companies, nonprofits, and government agencies were present to show firsthand how technology plays a key role in their industry. Of course, the bigger goal was to spark the interest of students in the STEM centric careers that will so desperately need skilled workers in the future, careers theses students will hopefully begin exploring, and skills they will hopefully begin acquiring, as early as possible.
As Annika Boudwin, with Wasatch Inventors and Explorers, recently wrote,
“Part of my goal in reselling fischertechnik is to expose children to technology and STEM concepts and help them make informed decisions about their careers as they approach adulthood. Personally, I am disappointed that the ratio of women to men in technical fields is becoming even more imbalanced in spite of much discussion regarding gender equality. In particular, I want girls to feel comfortable and capable with STEM subjects before deciding to pursue another career instead of shying away from technical fields because they do not feel capable.”
Besides fischertechnik, the event featured something for everyone…from face painting and a bounce house, a chance to meet Marvel’s the Amazing Spider-Man , to numerous exhibits where students could explore game design, music technology, animation, robotics and much more, up close and personal.
From all accounts, it was a hugely successful (and fun!) event , and one we hope will be repeated, not only in Utah, but all over the US. If you’re involved with an “Hour of Code”, or similar “STEM” focused event in your area, please share details (and photos) with us, so that we can share them with our readers.