National STEM bike tour stopping in Carson City

Omar Embaby, with Spokes Across America, watches as Ella Wick, Katie Schulze, both 12, and Eyden Nicholas, 10, launch their water rocket at the Carson City Library in Carson City, Nev., on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2016. Spokes Across America is a team of MIT and Harvard students who bike across the country teaching STEM skills at schools, libraries and camps.

Omar Embaby, with Spokes Across America, watches as Ella Wick, Katie Schulze, both 12, and Eyden Nicholas, 10, launch their water rocket at the Carson City Library in Carson City, Nev., on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2016. Spokes Across America is a team of MIT and Harvard students who bike across the country teaching STEM skills at schools, libraries and camps.

NEight MIT and Harvard students are making a local stop as they bike across the country to teach hands-on engineering workshops to students.

The team is biking across the United States in collaboration with edX and Teach for America as part of an effort to rethink STEM education.

Along the way, they are stopping at a dozen schools, libraries, and camps to teach hands-on, project-based STEM classes.

Spokes Across America will be at the Carson City Library from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 16 to host an engineering learning festival.

Middle and high school students are invited to participate in one of two sessions. Seats and materials are limited; registration is needed in advance.

The first session will be from 9 a.m. to noon (register at http://carsoncitylibrary.libcal.com/event/3263142). The other session will pick up from 1 to 4 p.m. (register at http://carsoncitylibrary.libcal.com/event/3432164).

For information, go to www.CarsonCityLibrary.org. To follow the team’s daily progress, visit it blog at https://spokes2017.wordpress.com/.

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