From Science Fair to Circuit: Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists

Science Circuit event held at SHS | Bonner County Daily Bee

In 2014, Mamie Brubaker, a chemistry teacher at Sandpoint High School (SHS), launched an annual science circuit to educate older students about science and inspire younger students. Brubaker was motivated to start the science circuit after reading a study that emphasized the importance of role models in shaping students’ decisions to pursue advanced science and math classes and STEM careers.

Each year, the science circuit showcases different fields of science through interactive experiments and demonstrations. This year, fifth and sixth graders will have the opportunity to explore experiments organized by SHS honors chemistry, physics, and anatomy and physiology students. The event will take place throughout the school day, with two waves of students participating in the activities.

The public, community, and families are invited to attend the final presentations of the day from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., which will take place in the SHS gymnasium. During this time, SHS students will play an active role in teaching local fifth and sixth graders about scientific concepts through engaging and interactive demonstrations. The goal of the event is to instill a love for science in younger students and encourage them to pursue further studies in this field.

Overall, the annual science circuit hosted by Sandpoint High School provides an excellent opportunity for older students to learn more about science while also inspiring younger generations. Through interactive experiments and demonstrations, SHS students are able to teach local fifth and sixth graders about scientific concepts while fostering a passion for learning in these young minds.

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