Not only are there endless opportunities to engage in STEM at home, but there are a multitude of places in Mississippi where you can bring your young learner and help them discover STEM this summer. Whether you’re making a weekend trip to grandma’s house or just looking for a change of scenery, it’s time to load up the car and check out STEM opportunities statewide!
The Mississippi Children’s Museum in Jackson is a great place to get your student’s summer off to a STEM-tasticstart! At the Children’s Museum, you’ll be able to experience exhibits rooted in science that will spark your child’s imagination and engage their minds in STEM. Exhibits like World at Work incorporates science, technology, engineering and math in its showcase of careers and industries that keep Mississippi’s economy moving. Let your youngster break out their STEM skills and get to work at this exhibit testing out a future career in industries like agriculture, transportation, energy, manufacturing, construction, forestry and engineering.
While in the area, you can also check out the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, located just down the street from the Mississippi Children’s Museum. Believe it or not, the science behind Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® will be on display at the Museum of Natural Science all summer-long. Not only will you get to explore Robert Ripley’s endless oddities, anomalies and findings that are beyond our wildest imaginations, but you’ll also get to discover how these unique scenarios are founded in science. The exhibit offers experiments, challenges, touchable specimens, real artifacts and computer interactives that will allow your young learner to understand some of the world’s most bizarre findings from a scientific point of view.
If you’re on the coast, you’ve got to check out FabLab in Jackson County. They offer everything from 3D printing and laser engraving to robotics! In Gulfport, you’ll find endless opportunities for learning at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. At the Discovery Center, you can play under the Solar Sunflowersthat convert the sun’s energy into electricity, learn about the science that keeps your furry friends healthy at The Little Pet Vetor get hands-on experience with mass, motion, sight and sound at It’s A Matter of Science.
Colleges and Universities across our state are also great places to help your young learner plug in this summer, get excited about STEM and get a glimpse of what college life is like! The University of Mississippi offers an exciting Ecology day-camp where your student can get up close and personal with Mississippi’s ecosystems and explore our world from the ground up with bug collection, water quality experiments and tree identification. Mississippi State University offers engineering day camps that explore engineering and STEM concepts with unique hands-on experiences. They also offer computer coding and cyber camps for elementary school girls statewide! Closer to home here in Laurel, the University of Southern Mississippi has a wide array of camps for kids! From DNA sequencing to inventions and yucky science experiments you’d never attempt in your clean kitchen, USM has plenty of opportunities to stimulate your STEM learner’s mind this summer!
In between trips or if you can’t get out of town, don’t forget about all of the ways to engage in STEM at home! Developments in science, technology, engineering and math are our future, and jobs in these fields are growing at a rapid rate. Take time to inspire your young learner today and unlock their boundless potential!