Mix a little bit of polymer and some water and you've got yourselfjelly orbs. That's just one of the experiments students at Eagle Springs Elementary in Byron made Friday to learn about STEM.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Fifth grader Emily Smith wasn't afraid to get hands on with the experiments. She went as far as sticking her hand in the jelly-orb filled jar. She says they felt squishy.

Like Smith, fifth grader Brantley Busch couldn't wait to be hands-on. His favorite part was making the snap circuit moon rover because he built something that could move.

"We were working as a team and looking at the sheet to tell us how to do it and all the objects in the right place. When we had a problem we just asked somebody and they helped us," he said.

Busch says learning about STEM helpsstudents to feel more prepared going into sixth grade. "When you get there, you'll know what to do and it'll be easier for you but harder for some kids," he said.

Students from grades 2-4 had fun with STEM activities as well.
They learned about everything from air flow and pressure to circuit boards. Fifth grade teacher Amanda Grant says it's important to get kids involved with STEM at a young age.

"If we start start them now, they will start being more inquisitive and they will want to enjoy the science. They were really having a good time," she said.

Principal Andrea McGee says ten students were awarded scholarships from the Museum of Aviation. Those scholarships will be put to good use by enabling kids to attend Young Astronauts Day.

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