WINSTED, CT- July 10, 2019 – Twenty Torrington Middle School (TMS) students spent Friday, June 28 at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) learning about Biology, Chemistry and Robotics.
The students were all part of the Experience STEM program and spent a week at Torrington High School learning about science through hands-on activities led by community college professors Sharon Gusky, Douglas Hoffman, Douglas Mooney and Crystal Wiggins. NCCC college students Nathan Benham, Amanda Gregg, Ashley Johnson, Joel Lemieux, Melissa Mellem, Jordan Osowiecki, Kate Seabury, Ian Severson, and Meghan Williams served as teaching assistants throughout the week.
During the week, some of the TMS students explored water science while others built robots. The week ended with a field trip to the college campus, which gave the middle school students the opportunity to be college students for a day.
This program was funded by National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education grant #1801062 and is aimed at increasing student awareness of and interest in STEM careers.
Professor of Chemistry, Douglas Mooney, showed the students how to make Elephant’s Toothpaste.