WARREN -- Racing remote-controlled cars, catching Frisbees thrown from a robot and creating ''flubber'' were among the activities children and adults could do at the all-day Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Fair held Friday on Courthouse Square.
Troy Woods of Mind, Body and Soul, one of the event sponsors, said the day focused on showcasing science, engineering and math and how those skills are used in different careers and in everyday activities - such as driving remote-controlled cars.
Ken Pugh, a program coordinator for STEM, said the day encouraged children to consider science and technology fields in their future and included various outdoor activities, displays and speakers.
Exhibitors included Youngstown State University, Oh Wow! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science and Technology, North-Mar Church, Chaney High School STEM, Warren G. Harding High School robotics and the Trumbull Career and Technical Center.
Terri Fleming, an engineering instructor at TCTC, said the event allowed her to showcase what high-school students do in the program.
In one activity, participants mixed ingredients such as glue and Borax to create ''flubber,'' which is similar to what students do to make a plastic.
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Thomas Williams of Warren uses bubbles to create shapes Friday at the all-day Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Fair held on Courthouse Square in Warren. Hands-on activities were set up at tables.
''We just make it fun by calling it flubber. An event like this gives us the chance to get people involved in math and science,'' she said.
Isaac Turner of Warren said making the flubber was his favorite.
''It felt funny to make,'' he said.
Thomas Williams of Warren said he liked seeing how high the flubber could bounce.
Audra Carlson, education manager at the Oh Wow! Center, said the activities included ways of exploring and using geometry, such as creating cubic shapes using bubbles.
''This is a great opportunity for us to show what educational programs we have using science and math,'' Carlson said.
Members of the Harding High School Warren Delphi Elite Robotics team showed three of their robots, including the one they competed with this year.
Dante Bradley, a sophomore, said the robot was able to throw Frisbees into the air at different distances.
He said people can see the different engineering skills that are involved in building the robots.
''This really gets our name out there and shows what our robots can do,'' said Tanner Riffe, a senior.
There was also remote-controlled car races on an obstacle course, a pinewood derby and cornhole activities.
Woods said another goal of hosting such an event is drawing people downtown, keeping youth engaged and seeing how to apply math and science.
"It's Mind, Body and Soul's desire to be able to grow this event yearly to other communities throughout the Mahoning Valley," he said.
The Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County provided a polka band for afternoon entertainment.