BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – About 75 third-graders were here today to celebrate planetarium day, an educational day focusing on the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math. Today’s visit was part of the Buffalo Public Schools STEM Experience, a partnership facilitated by the University at Buffalo that uses hands-on workshops, field trips, and speakers to spark student interest in STEM fields.
This included learning how animation coding works, 3-D printing and laser cutting, and the kids especially had a lot of fun learn about space. They got to go inside the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium at Buffalo State, where kids got an upfront view of our solar system.
These kinds of educational trips are especially important to kids, so that they can understand the importance of education and careers.
“We’re talking to children of all ages about the importance of going to college, of being career ready.” explains Dr. John Siskar, the Senior Advisor for Educational Pipeline Initiatives at Buffalo State. “Regardless of what they go into, the fact that they come to a place like Buffalo State, see it’s a place that’s welcoming, see that it’s a place that’s exciting to be, helps them set colleges and career very early on in life.”