Mind Control! Controlling an avatar on the computer with your thoughts. (Photo from the Army Research Lab)
Science and math is usually the last thing on any child’s mind during summer vacation, but when these topics are presented in a fun manner to children, the outcome can be surprising.
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Human Research and Engineering Directorate’s Simulation and Training Technology Center hosted a “bring your children to work day” event with a strong focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Over 30 children participated in hands-on exhibits that demonstrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) applications in the research performed for cutting-edge simulations and games for training.
As if the demonstrations of virtual human technology, intelligent tutoring and medical simulations weren’t engaging enough, students were required to navigate through a series of challenges.
Challenges included: mathematical equations to spell out destination name, word searches relevant to modeling, and simulation and even a riddle in the form of a haiku.
The HYEX a OneSAF and physics based excavation simulator was a hit with everyone. (Photo by the Army Research Lab)
To complete the scavenger hunt, the children separated into groups of four to five to. Teamwork played a large role as each group needed to collaborate to reach the next location.
The event culminated with Col. Matt Clarke, the Center’s commander, presenting each child with a certificate of completion. Following the morning’s events, the residents of the STTC and the children celebrated the end of summer with a backyard style barbecue and potluck lunch.
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