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The seniors brought simple projects to teach the younger scholars STEAM basics

OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Centennial HIgh School senior Rodrigo Vidal shows the students one way to contruct a marshmallow catapult. Three Centennial High School seniors shared their love of STEAM with a small group of Centennial Middle School students after school Monday, Dec. 10.

The high schoolers brought an easy-to-do project for each of the letters in the STEAM acronym — science, technology, engineering, art and math.

As the high school students led the middle schoolers in the various activities, one of them would discuss the career possibilities and educational opportunities for each discipline.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Catherine Morgan works on a milk bubble painting as an example of the art part of STEAM. For science, the middle school students did an ink chromatography project with napkins and markers.

High school student Miki Moua explained science classes available at the high school, including college-credit Advanced Placement, and in college.

She said her favorite AP class at the high school was environmental science.

"We get to go on really cool field trips," she said.

She also discussed the many careers available in the sciences including pharmacist, chemical engineer and food scientist.

The engineering project, creating marshmallow catapults, was the most popular.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Mitchell Denman readies his catapult for launch. Students used popsicle sticks, rubber bands and plastic spoons to create a small machine to fling marshmallows across the room. The students launched them high, far and toward a target.

As marshmallows whizzed around, middle schooler Mitchell Denman drew laughter when he deadpanned "I feel unsafe here."

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