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Virginia Beach students attend virtual STEM Day

Virtual STEM Day
Posted at 2:44 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 22:19:17-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Normally this time of year, fifth grade students in Virginia Beach would get to take a big field trip to NAS Oceana for the annual air show.

Since that's not possible right now, the Navy helped bring the experience to them with a virtual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Day.

Using video conferencing, students heard from the base's commanding officer, watched videos of tactical jets and learned from local scientists and engineers. They also did hands-on projects using kits from NASA, including building a Moon rover.

"One of the big things in Virginia Beach that we want students to do is to learn science by actually doing science, and so by having hands-on materials or experiments, acting like a scientist, and creating and going through the design process, we just want them to learn and wonder and challenge themselves," said Sarah Wosczyna, a fifth grade teacher at Shelton Park Elementary School.

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