3rd-5th graders learn about science and technology

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3rd-5th graders learn about science and technology from Lewis students

Published: November 2, 2012.

More than 70 students and their families attended “Night at the Lab” for 3rd-5th graders Oct. 27 at Lewis University. They participated in hands-on experiments and viewed demonstrations presented by Lewis students who participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.

Attendees rotated to five different stations focusing on biology, chemistry, computer science, psychology and physics. One of the rotations included the computer science lab in which attendees learned how to write computer programs that solve problems, simulate systems, tell stories and entertain. Attendees also wrote computer programs to control bird-like robots called Finches. They also learned a programming language named Scratch.

Lewis University SURE program students coordinated the event, including Victoria Colclasure of Bolingbrook, Thomas Campbell of St. Louis, Mo., Russell Johnson of Lemont, Elie Shmayel of Darien, Stephanie Tribo of Manhattan and Brian Wilhelm of New Lenox. Other students involved in the event include Robert Granko of Manhattan, Emily Grimm of Orland Park, Lauren Jacobson of Plainfield, Jordan Kaiser from Hanover Park, Michael Korby of Elgin, and graduate student Brandon Greene of Chicago. The SURE program is a 10-week interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering and math program that provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in faculty-led research.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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