Students explore science at Duke Energy

More than 500 fifth-graders left their classrooms Sept. 29 for some hands-on fun with science, technology, engineering and math activities.

1. Marilyn Castro, a Whitewater Academy student, learns about water-quality testing. (Tori Hamby/MI Monitor photos)

The Catawba River District hosted a STEM Outdoor Learning Fair at Duke Energy’s Energy Explorium in Huntersville.

Students from Mountain Island Elementary, River Oaks Academy, Whitewater Academy, Ida Rankin and Catawba Heights Elementary participated in the event.

The fair included 19 interactive learning stations led by STEM organizations and companies such as Carolina Raptor Center, Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services, Vulcan Materials, Presbyterian Hospital and N.C. Wildlife Federation.

Area leaders including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison, Gaston County School Deputy Superintendent Lory Morrow, Charlotte City Councilman James Mitchell and Mount Holly Mayor Pro Tem David Moore also stopped by to talk to students about STEM education.

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