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New Trine video series offers STEM activities for kids

Trine University’s STEM with Storm program brought Trine University’s lovable mascot to local elementary schools to share fun activities that taught students basic concepts of science and engineering.

Now, a new video series will bring the lessons, activities and Storm to individual classrooms, or even to students’ homes.

A series of five STEM with Storm videos will premiere on Trine University’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/trineuniversity during Discover Engineers Week, Feb. 21-27. The videos explore what an engineer is as well as different types of engineers — such as industrial, electrical, chemical and civil — with fun experiments and demonstrations included each week.

A collaboration between Trine innovation 1 and Education One, the videos team Storm with Trine students, professors, local businesses and athletes in a high-energy, interactive format similar to popular kids’ TV shows.

“We know this school year continues to be challenging for many, especially educators and parents,” said Jason Blume, executive director of Trine innovation 1. “We’re glad to be able to use Trine’s expertise in science, engineering and education to provide this resource, and hopefully spark the imagination of future engineers.”

Each video incorporates lessons aligned directly to state standards and can easily be added into a science course in any learning platform. Follow-up activities that reinforce concepts can be completed in the classroom or at home.

Educators or parents who would like to receive direct links to the videos and follow-up activities can register at bit.ly/stem-storm. For more information, email Brenda Mescher, Education One assistant director of community connections and compliance, at mescherb@trine.edu.

Photo: Trine University mascot Storm uses a balloon to show the effect of static electricity on the hair of Julie Frame, a mechanical engineering student at Trine, during a STEM with Storm video on electrical engineering. At left, Jason Blume, executive director of Trine innovation 1, explains how physical energy is used to create electrical energy. Blume is unmasked temporarily to pick up the sound of his voice for the video. Trine University will release the five-video STEM with Storm series, which provides fun activities that teach elementary-age students basic concepts of science and engineering, during Discover Engineers Week, Feb. 21-27. (Photo by Dean Orewiler)