AUSTIN (KXAN) - A 40-foot trailer loaded with games and experiments parked in front of the Austin Public Library in East Austin on Friday morning to give kids hands-on science fun.
The trailer is called the Trailblazer II and is hosts exhibits that teach kids about science, technology, engineering, and Math, STEM, education.
"What we work with is a holistic approach. We try to provide parents and teachers with activities they can do at home - concepts they can highlight," said Savita Raj, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering , or TAME.
"So when you're dealing with money , don't look at the calculator. Try and figure it out. When you're looking at a car that's cool and funky on the road, try to figure out why it's designed the way it is."
TAME is a non-profit and it goal is to help underrepresented minority and females students get interested in STEM careers.
- The free event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday
- The Willie Mae Kirk Branch
- 3101 Oak Springs Dr.
- Students of all ages welcomed
- Targets 3rd-8th graders
3M also teamed up with TAME to provide the interactive science-on-wheels unit.
"It's really important that we work to fill the pipeline of talent that we need to make the new products, the innovative ideas that'll make your life easier," explained Russell Bridges, Government and Community Affairs Manager for 3M. "So we start early -and TAME helps us do that by taking this vehicle around the state."
Students also get to learn about weather, energy, gyroscope, speed, space matters, medicine and technology.
"From the reaction that I'm seeing from people, they really like the robotic arms the most," said BJ Willis, a Trailblazer II Associate. "So far and I think the close second is the weather forecasting, everybody wants to be the weather person for at least a little bit."
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