Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) aims to improve the quality of science education, increase student interest in science and provide recognition for outstanding achievement by students in science education. The Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) was founded for the elementary school children in Washtenaw County. For more please visit their website: http://wesoscience.org
I led their workshops titled “May the Force be With You” (Grades 4 and 5). We discussed and demonstrated forces acting on an object and what happens to that object as a result. We used simple machines (wedge, lever, pulley, inclined plane, wheel and axle) to demonstrate how use of these machines can reduce work required to perform tasks. We identified common objects that incorporate these machines. We also demonstrated and performed measurements for force, distance and time.
These students are the future of science and require attention at the faculty level to inspire and to address their very astute and advanced questions. As an example, one student asked me what was the means and medium by which gravity travels.
REU and High School Research Programs: The University of Michigan provides research opportunities for those at the High School and Undergraduate levels through their materials research center, C-PHOM. The students will partake in research in the lab and are provided faculty mentorship in addition to financial support. If this is of interest to you, more can be found at http://cphom.engin.umich.edu/education-and-outreach/