Students enjoy a not-so-typical excursion

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) — It was a home run for students participating in the Watertown Rapids baseball team’s STEAM day. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

Fifth and sixth graders from across the north headed to the Watertown Fairgrounds on Monday to enjoy a not-so-typical field day.

Stations have been set up for different interests such as infrared gadgets, hairdressing and first responders.

“Everyone felt good and I had fun with my friends and all that,” said student Hayden Tutle.

Great Lakes Cheese staff, who helped sponsor the event, decided to build a baseball pitcher to teach students the technical side of cheese making.

“All of the components used in the pitching machine are components that are used throughout our factory environment,” said Christopher Hoover, Great Lakes Cheese project manager.

The students gained hands-on experience with the pitching machine. By running it themselves, they learned that it ran on a PLC or PLC.

In addition to learning how the exhibits work, students also got to participate in edible science experiments. The BOCES Culinary School team showed students the science behind cooking.

“We kind of wanted to show them how much fun cooking can be — even the science aspect — with decorating and stuff like that too,” said cooking student Zoey Lajoie.

Students were also able to learn directly from firefighters how pulley systems come into play in their field. Knowing which receiver and designated hitter for Watertown Rapids, according to Mason Diaz, is worth it.

“Just carry on. I know school isn’t that much fun, but it will help you a lot in the long run,” he said.

After all the learning, the students got to watch the Rapids play ball.

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