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Wagner hosts annual STEM Day

May 21, 2019

Each year, the Judson Independent School District partners with Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) to host a STEM Day at Wagner High School. On Saturday, hundreds of parents eagerly brought their children to engage in hands-on learning.

The annual STEM Day is designed to engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based activities that not only demonstrate scientific properties but are fun to do. Many of those attending are students in the Judson’s ISD’s STEM programs.

Concocting slime at one exhibit caused some students to remark how they can now see how the sciences can be lots of fun, too.

In one area of Wagner’s cafeteria, one student leaned back squinting while carefully examining how an arrangement of toothpicks and Gummy Bears was able to withstand the weight of his smartphone.

Another student, seventh-grader Gavin Zamora, also was fascinated with the display — and saw what it could mean in real life.

“If I want to be an architect,” Zamora said. “I’m going to need a structure that is stable enough to not collapse on the family. Otherwise, I’ll get sued.”

The event included representatives from the areas of business, non-profit service and education, including AT&T, Valero; UT Health Science Center and the Witte Museum.

Judson parent Autuan Powell smiled as he watched his child’s fascination with a replica of an astronaut’s space suit and desire to go to the moon.

“They have to learn that life is more than what sport they play, what latest dance they can do, and what the latest rap lyrics are,” said Powell. “They need to know science, technology, and innovation play a great part in the development of their minds.”

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