On Saturday June 30, 2014 the Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) Club hosted a “Learn About Electronics” workshop for six mom-daughter teams. They learned a lot—and had a blast!
Nova Lab members Jennyfer and Bryce Peterson used Snap Circuit kits—funded with a grant from GEMS—to teach the girls basic electronics after which they created wearable bracelets using a simple circuit, an LED, wire, and battery.
“The bracelet was not your usual cookie-cutter classroom project. To encourage thinking skills and curiosity, students need choices and an opportunity to learn from failure,” said Peterson. “Creating a bracelet gave the girls many engineering design choices; different materials, methods of closing/opening the circuits, battery sizes, conductive materials, and decorations.”
Later this month the Petersons take their show on the road to Haiti where they will teach students at the Village of Hope School. Nova Labs and GEMS are proud to support not only a girls-focused event, but to also support Peterson’s international mission.