Immersing Students in Science & Technology of Our Community
Hands On Gainesville
PO Box 357938
Gainesville, FL 32635-7938
Hands On Gainesville is creating problem solvers in the Eastside community as we explore science in the sites around Gainesville. Using hands on learning activities students connect science concepts to the real world right in their own community by learning-while-doing and then linking the activity to a site where they can see the science in action. We partner with volunteers from STEM-FY at Eastside HS and various UF outreach organizations as we support the Eastside Arts Coalition’s after-school program at the Cone Park Library. Click these links to view some of the monthly activities. Making a monochord Making a solar night light
Hands On Gainesville, UF Solar Gators, and UF Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) are bringing engineering design to the 21st Century after-school clubs at Lincoln Middle School and Westwood Middle School. Students are learning about electrical circuits and energy efficiency. As an end of year project they will be designing and building small models of an alternative energy house. In prior years the UF Engineers for Sustainability helped kids learn about architectural design and energy efficiency as they designed and built bird houses hung at their schools.
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Every April elementary, middle, and high school students test and improve uniquely designed solar cars, solar cookers, and energy-efficient critter condos at the North Florida Energy Whiz Expo. Those interested may take their designs to state level competition at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, FL.
Hands On Gainesville partners with the Alachua County Public Schools, the Florida Solar Energy Center, and multiple university engineering clubs. We will have even more partners joining us in 2019!
Shreya Pathak, an Eastside High School (EHS) student and HOG-mentored volunteer, coordinates the STEM-for Youth program at the Tower Road Library. Shreya and members of the EHS Science National Honor Society bring monthly hands on science activities to kids in the Tower Road area. Click on Shreya’s picture to see their program in action!
Hands On Gainesville, University of Florida (UF) Solar Gators, UF Chemistry Outreach, and UF Society of Women Engineers are mentoring P.K Yonge High School students as they prepare for the Regional Science Olympiad to be held at UF on January 19th, 2019. The High School students are competing in 23 different science and technology categories. For more on the Olympiad, click here.