Local students present science projects at New York convention

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) A group of students from Neal Elementary got to spend their Spring Break presenting science projects at a convention in New York.

The tech-infused science projects are part of a $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research effort led by Texas A&M University visualization professor Francis Quek, called the Maker Movement.

Educators and researchers believe that students learn more from being involved in building tech-infused projects and sharing them with their peers, Quek's study aims to get students involved in hands on science projects and present them to their peers.

The fourth-graders presented their projects at Fablearn, a convention at Columbia University, that included a circuit that connects a battery to light-emitting diodes, simple motion machines, and others.

The Bryan ISD students were accompanied on the trip by an entourage that included Quek, Neal Elementary principal Juanita Collins, staff from the new Texas A&M Institute of Technology-Infused Learning (TITIL), which is hosting the project, and Bryan ISD teachers.

The trip was funded by a wide range of donors including the Texas A&M College of Architecture, TITIL, the university's Division of Research, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Bryan, and numerous individual donors associated with Texas A&M and Bryan ISD.

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