IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – How can a third-grader lift a zebra? How do you calculate what it takes to feed a tiger? What is the science behind how a bird sings? What are the geometric shapes found in a penguin?
Volunteers at 20 activity stations answered those questions and many more, keeping elementary students engaged in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) topics at the recent Fluor Idaho STEAM Days at the Idaho Falls Zoo.
“We genuinely appreciate Fluor Idaho, their community involvement, and their interest in helping the Idaho Falls Zoo get kids interested in STEAM-related subjects,” said Sunny Katseanes, the zoo’s education curator. “Companies that get involved really do make a positive difference in smaller towns like Idaho Falls, and working together we help enhance and improve the educational opportunities for our students.”
Fluor Idaho Chief Engineer Joseph Giebel led a group of engineers from the company who worked with the students.
“I think the event is as beneficial to my staff as it is to the students. Watching a light go on when a kid understands an engineering principle, like a pulley, is gratifying, and you realize that the simple lesson they learn today could lead them toward a career in a STEAM discipline.”