200 children attend GNTC’s Kids STEM Festival

DALTON, Ga. (WDEF) — Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) hosted a Kids STEM Festival on Thursday at their Whitfield Murray Campus.

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This is the second festival of its kind held by the college.

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GNTC said over 200 children attended the event. It took place on March 16.

The event was free and open to everyone. However, GNTC encouraged its students to attend with their children.

At the event, kids got to learn about STEM topics, while having fun.

“Several kids from K-12 schools in the surrounding area attended the event and left extremely excited with a GNTC bookbag filled with many supplies and activities to take home and play with,” said Daizha Staples, GNTC’s Special Populations coordinator. “With attendance numbers far exceeding last year’s Kid’s STEM Fair held in Calhoun, I can proudly say we were able to enrich the lives of more families in Dalton.”

GNTC said instructors and students hosted various activities for children. Some of these include crafting lava lamps, tambourines, jingles bells and suncatchers. Kids also practiced their math skills.

The college said they provided snacks and games as well.

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The event featured special guests from Georgia Public Broadcasting’s PBS Kids division.

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“The goal behind this event was to provide developmental STEM activities to increase learning in northwest Georgia. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are key fundamentals of several GNTC programs of study, which aid in workforce development for the counties we serve,” Staples said.

GNTC said they gave away free Chick-fil-A cards to the first 100 participants. They also gave the first 150 kids a free GNTC bookbag filled with take-home activities.

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