The kits contain instructions and materials for five activities that explore energy sources, such as building a solar oven or a wind-powered vehicle. An ORNL-themed activity explains and shows how supercomputers work using the power of parallel processing.
“We are on a mission to save the planet, and STEM skills are essential to make it happen,” said AnneMarie Horowitz, Director of STEM Rising at DOE. “This type of public / private partnership shows how we can come together to serve students and families. The US Department of Energy thanks COSI and the Oak Ridge National Lab for their collaboration in highlighting the importance of STEM. “
In addition to Midway Elementary, this first set of learning lunch boxes will also be delivered to Oliver Springs High School, Midway Middle School and Elk Valley STEM School.
COSI, a science learning center based in Columbus, Ohio, distributed more than 23,000 Learning Lunchboxes to students and families in Ohio ahead of this week’s launch in Tennessee.
“This pandemic has amplified an educational disparity in our communities. It is great that government, for-profit and non-profit institutions are working better together to help improve educational outcomes in our classrooms and communities, ”said Bertley.
DOE’s STEM Rising initiative inspires, educates, and unleashes lifelong success in STEM by sharing resources and events from National Laboratories, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and DOE program offices.