I'm a Complex Kid! Offers STEM Fun for Grades K-5 on March 23

Enjoy a day of hands-on exploration with Binghamton University's Biomedical Engineering Students

By Kate Fletcher, Macaroni KID Binghamton Publisher February 26, 2024

Calling all curious minds in Kindergarten through 5th grade! The 17th Annual I'm a Complex Kid! (ICK!) Science Fair is back, hosted by students in Binghamton University's Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). This exciting event, held on Saturday, March 23, 2024, promises a day of exploration and discovery through engaging, hands-on activities designed to spark a love of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in young minds.

Unleash Your Inner Scientist at 12 Interactive Stations!

This year's fair boasts twelve different stations led by enthusiastic BMES student volunteers. Geared towards sparking curiosity and fostering a love of learning, these stations will provide children with the opportunity to engage in exciting, hands-on activities, learn about the scientific concepts behind each activity, and ask questions to foster a deeper understanding. 

Here's what to expect:

  • Explore plant science: Witness the amazing water transport system with celery.
  • Learn about blood: Use foods like vegetable oil and rice to model plasma, platelets, and the other contents that make up your blood.
  • Unravel the mysteries of DNA: Extract strawberry DNA and discover the building blocks of life.
  • Build your own muscles: Simulate muscle contraction by building biceps with rubber bands.
  • Discover circuits and electricity: Construct a mini LED lightsaber using a straw and battery.
  • Uncover the secrets of fingerprints: Examine your own unique fingerprint patterns with a microscope.
  • Build a tasty cell model: Explore the structure and function of cells using gelatin and candy.
  • Witness a colorful reaction: Build a mesmerizing lava lamp and observe the science behind it.
  • Separate the colors of candy: Explore the scientific principle of chromatography by separating the colors in M&Ms.
  • Become an engineer: Construct a replacement mitral valve for a model heart and learn about its crucial role in the circulatory system.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to ignite a passion for science in your young explorer!

ICK! Event Details:
Date: Saturday, March 23rd, 2024 
Time: Choose one of two sessions: 9am-11:30am or 12:30-3pm
Location: Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) Engineering and Science Building at Binghamton University, 85 Murray Hill Road, Vestal, NY
Cost: $20 per child; Early Bird Special until March 16th: $15 per child

 For more information and to register, check the online I'm a Complex Kid! Sign up Form.

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