RESTON, VA — A new STEM program featuring play dough and electronic circuits debuted at Nova Labs September 28th. Jason Kohles, Nova Labs Co-Founder and father of three, organized the event which targets the 4 to 10 year old age group. Based on the initial reaction from parents, the program succeeded in presenting STEM topics in a fun and engaging way.
Keeping true to the maker model, even the special conductive dough was homemade; the process for making the 25 batches was “exhausting” according to Jason. Prepping the electronic components also involved modifying the leads with soldered bolts to make them larger and easier for smaller hands to plunge into the dough.
The adults were surprised by the level of knowledge displayed by even the youngest of the children. After Jason tried to explain electricity in a very rudimentary way he sat back and let the kids take over.
A four year old later tried to explain that electrical movement was because of “ions.”
The program was originally developed by Thomas Lab at the University of St. Thomas.
For more information, visit: http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/SquishyCircuits/