The teams then raced their creations. In one race, one team’s air- and water-powered object looked like it wasn’t going to make it across the room when it suddenly kicked into high gear and cut off the other object to win the race. Students and volunteers cheered all the way.
The middle schoolers made an impression. Hsingyo Yin, a Rutgers freshman studying civil and electrical engineering, said, “I was surprised by how they were quick to figure things out on their own.”
The various hands-on building projects allowed the New Brunswick students to experience the fun side of science, technology, engineering and math.
Seventh-grader Bernardo Narvaez enjoyed working on the STEM project, touring the labs and speaking with two Verizon employees about how they got their jobs and what he would need to qualify for jobs in STEM fields.
The Rutgers STEM Day event is one of eight Verizon is holding in conjunction with Engineers Week across the country, including an event in Basking Ridge.
Verizon is focused on getting students interested in and encouraging them to consider pursuing a career in STEM. Recent data show jobs in occupations related to STEM are projected to increase to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022.