In partnership with Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), Mercer County 4-H hosted a special Science Saturday event on Saturday, April 1st, to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. The event invited over 30 students to participate, many of whom were students with special needs. The day consisted of youth optimizing paper airplanes for longer and higher flight, creating and testing space suites in a pressurized vessel, and learning from the Hun School of Princeton’s Robotics team. Throughout the day, we had support from several BMS volunteers, Hun Robotics volunteers, 4-H teen volunteers, and parents. Lunch followed the event, where students got the chance to interact with industry scientists from BMS.
The participants asked questions, learned a lot, and continued to work on important science and investigative skills. The day was a great reminder that STEM is an inclusive environment where all can thrive and contribute. We will continue to provide programming like this to highlight the different communities within the STEM field and the contributions of all its members.