Barton STEM Club hosts summer activities for kids

kid throws paper airplane
A child throws a paper airplane he made as part of Barton STEM Club’s summer activities that took place in June. The kids tested three different paper airplane designs on: 1. Hang time (time in air) 2. Target – ability to hit a target 3. Accuracy – how well the plane landed in the middle of the ‘runway’ 4. Distance.

July 1, 2021
Story and photos by Joe Vinduska

Throughout the summer, the Barton Community College STEM Club has also provided fun-filled activities for children who attend the Child Development Center to help foster an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which Biology Instructor Charlotte Cates said is of the utmost importance.

“The US is facing a shortage of workers in STEM fields, which threatens our economy and national security,” she said. “By engaging young children in STEM activities, we hope to spark an interest in these fields and show children the real-world application of these disciplines.”

Cates said participants not only get a jumpstart into the world of STEM in an exciting way, but they also get to socialize with others along the way.

“For each child, it is a chance to participate in activities that keep them curious about how the world around them works,” she said. “These kids truly enjoy the activities and interacting with their peers while learning at the same time.”

About Barton STEM Club           

STEM Club at Barton is an extra-curricular activity for Barton students that allows students of all ability levels who express an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to experience all four subjects through innovative hands-on interactive learning. The club encourages research and development, promotes education in the STEM fields, gives education majors support as they enter their pre-service curriculum, and provides community outreach opportunities.

Cates said STEM Club is a great way to supplement and nurture Barton students pursuing careers in STEM-related fields and help them collaborate and grow.

“We hope that we can get kids excited about STEM over the years and it’s always awesome to see our local kids out at Barton to learn and as part of the STEM club as well.”

For more information on opportunities for STEM activities for kids, please contact Cates at (620) 792-9331 or