Registration is Now Open for Port NOLA May 18 STEM Saturday: Boats

NEW ORLEANS – For the first time, STEM NOLA will conduct part of its popular STEM Saturday series at the Port of New Orleans. The workshop takes place on May 18, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the port (1350 Port of New Orleans Place, next to Mardi Gras World).

Port NOLA is sponsoring this event in conjunction with its 3rd Annual Maritime Month celebration. It is free for third- through twelfth-grade students, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants must register online at

STEM professionals and college students will work with the students on projects that examine the principles of buoyancy and density, and help them understand why certain things float. The students will participate in hands-on activities and see who can create floating objects that support the most weight, from different materials. The day will end with a fun competition that requires each student to design and build a boat, and test its floating capabilities in small, shallow STEM NOLA made ponds.

During the event, students and parents will also learn about the diverse career paths available in the maritime industry, and at the port.

Since December of 2013, STEM NOLA powered by Entergy has engaged over 30,000 kids from over 900 schools.


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