Local middle schoolers learn science, engineering from pros

Local middle schoolers learn science, engineering from pros

BARNWELL COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - A local middle school received hands on learning for STEAM or Science Technology Engineering Art and Math.

More than 20 different representatives for STEAM brought their expertise to Guinyard-Butler Middle School in Barnwell Thursday.

Guest speaker, Daniel Coy said of the event, "I think it's encouraging to see people here kind of the front, trying to make a better future for our country and for people, and I think it's important to recognize."

Cloy says if he can overcome his obstacles, then these students can too.  He was born without his lower legs nor his left hand, but he persisted and excelled as a college baseball pitcher for the College of Charleston.

After listening to Cloy, students got to work.  One session built barrels with the help of Black Water Barrels in Bamburg.

The Citadel came and they built trebuchets with students. WFXG Chief Meteorologist Jamie Ertle gave students a crash course in meteorology and then students gave their own forecast.

Last month was the big science fair and the winner, eighth grader Reagan Martin, was all about mosquitoes,  "I opened up a Smithsonian magazine and read something about genetically modified mosquitoes and wanted to look more into them."

Reagan went on to win at the CSRA regional fair, and now has the chance to win a national $25,000 scholarship.

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