STEM on the Screen

For the past several years, the University of Mount Olive has hosted over 700 third graders from Wayne and Duplin Counties for the annual STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) on the Green.  However, because of COVID-19, this year’s event is being converted into a STEM on the “Screen” virtual event.  This year’s virtual event will include 10 pre-recorded videos of activities that align with the third to fifth grade classroom curriculum.

The videos showcase each activity and a list of instructions and supplies for each can be found below.

Learn  more from Dr. Sara Lahman, STEM on the Screen Coordinator. 

Special thanks to our sponsor for helping make STEM on the Screen possible:

Fruity DNA

Filming Location: General Chemistry Laboratory, Raper Hall

Student Scientist(s): Mytia Hilliard

UMO Science Mentor(s): Noah Auger

Materials Needed: Any fruit (we used a Banana), Dish soap, rubbing alcohol, sandwich bag

NC Science Curriculum Standards: Investigating the human body

Disappearing Styrofoam

Filming Location: General Chemistry Laboratory, Raper Hall

Student Scientist(s): Mytia Hilliard

UMO Science Mentor(s): Noah Auger

Materials Needed: Any Styrofoam product that you are done with (we used a cup), 100% acetone, glass dish or bowl

NC Science Curriculum Standards: Changing states of matter, Conservation of mass.

Super Bubbles

Filming Location: Kornegay Arena

Student Scientist(s): Mytia Hilliard, Maddrey Long, Mason Long

UMO Science Mentor(s): Allison Shingleton, Kali Kasulis

Materials Needed: Glycerin, Soap (we used Palmolive Dish soap and All Free and Clear), Water, Hula hoop wound with yarn, cinder block, kiddie pool

NC Science Curriculum Standards: Understanding mixtures and solutions, Balanced and unbalanced forces.

*Can be done on much smaller scale with other bubble wands

Special Guest appearance by Troy the Trojan!

Make your own super bubbles at home by taking a gallon jug and filling it just ¾ of the way with water. Add 12-14 ounces of dish soap and 6 ounces of glycerin (available at Walmart in lotions section). See how big you can make the bubbles!

Cracking Under Pressure

Filming Location: George R. Kornegay Student Farm

Student Scientist(s): Connor Jackson, Spencer Sparrow

UMO Science Mentor(s): Sharon Jackson

Materials Needed: Eggs, Egg holders (we used coin holders), bricks/rocks

NC Science Curriculum Standards: Balanced and unbalanced forces.

Farm Animal Demo

Filming Location: George R. Kornegay Student Farm

Student Scientist(s): Connor Jackson, Spencer Sparrow

UMO Science Mentor(s): Kali Kasulis, Reagan Sawey, Kimberly Chapman

NC Science Curriculum Standards: How the movement of goods impacts the community and how elements define a region.

Oobleck

Filming Location: General Biology/Physics Laboratory, Raper Hall

Student Scientist(s): Paighton Tyndall, Gracie Higginbottham, Connor Jackson

UMO Science Mentor(s): Julius Muchangi

Materials Needed: Baking Soda, Water

NC Science Curriculum Standards: States of matter, Changing states of matter.

Oobleck Demo

Filming Location: Kornegay Arena

UMO Science Mentor(s): President H. Edward Croom

Oobleck Recipe: 1.5-2 cups cornstarch mixed with 1 cup water. Start with the cornstarch in a bowl and stir in the water a little bit at a time.

Musical Math

Filming Location: Southern Bank Auditorium

Student Scientist(s): Paighton Tyndall, Gracie Higginbottham, Connor Jackson

UMO Science Mentor(s): Dr. K. David Hines

Materials Needed: Any Musical Instrument

NC Science Curriculum Standards: Fractions, Time Measurements, The five senses (sound)

Pan Flutes

Filming Location: General Biology Laboratory, Raper Hall

Student Scientist(s): Paighton Tyndall, Gracie Higginbottham, Connor Jackson

UMO Science Mentor(s): Julius Muchangi

Materials Needed: Tape, Scissors, Plastic Straws

NC Science Curriculum Standards: Transferring Energy, Balanced and unbalanced forces.

Friendly Bacteria

Filming Location: Microbiology Laboratory, Raper Hall

Student Scientist(s): Paighton Tyndall, Gracie Higginbottham, Connor Jackson

UMO Science Mentor(s): Julius Muchangi

Materials Needed: Danimals Yogurt Smoothie, Play Doh, Glass Bowl, Plastic Petri Dish, Agar/Clear Gelatin, Candle

NC Science Curriculum Standards: Investigating the human body, human body systems (digestive)

Name That Color

Filming Location: General Biology Laboratory, Raper Hall

UMO Science Mentor(s): Sara Lahman

Materials Needed: Color Cards

NC Science Curriculum Standards: Investigating the human body, human body systems (nervous), the five senses (sight)