UMES Extension’s 4-H STEM Festival coming back this November, giving kids hands-on activities

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- After being canceled last year due to COVID-19, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension’s 4-H STEM Festival is making a comeback.

The free event takes place November 13 as part of the seventh annual Maryland STEM Festival.

The idea of the festival is to get kids interested in STEM and expose them to different organization and activities.

This year’s event will be outdoors, in order to space out.

Exhibitors from STEM-related organizations, like Wallops Island, will offer information.

We’re told they hope to make the event a positive environment that inspires children to pursue science-related careers.

“So, it’s really important to get that hands on learning because not every student is a book learner, not every student was able to do the virtual as well as some others,” Brad Hartle, a STEM Outreach Educator for UMES, said. “So, having that hands on, get your fingers dirty really experience some of the stuff that I do, like the robotics, the marine science stuff, it’s stuff that’s hard to learn in just a classroom setting.”

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Engineering & Aviation Science Complex at UMES.

This year’s theme is “Health & Wellness” drawing attention to COVID-19 and the importance of healthcare fields and careers.

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