The Winston-Salem Science Bridge
Bridging the community through science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics activities.
Saturday April 17, 2021. The Winston-Salem Science Bridge was a free, outdoor, knowledge-based fair with booths set up on either side of the Long Branch Trail walking bridge located in downtown Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter. This strategic location symbolizes a bridging of ideas, resources, and opportunities between Winston-Salem’s many science-related entities and the city’s community. A portion of the bridge was lined with stands and booths offering a variety of specialties where STEM-oriented researchers, educators, and those who may not traditionally be considered part of the STEM community, were present to interact with and display Science in new and innovative ways. STEM booths, as well as art activities related to STEM were located along the trail, each featuring some of the unexpected and surprising ways that Science is present in our daily lives!
The Science Bridge began at the 3rd street entrance to the Long Branch Trail where community members were greeted. As guests walked through the fair, they were invited to partake in a series of activities, lessons, and crafts led by each STEM partner including a demonstration on helmet safety and activities such as: generating electricity on a bike, creating art using Sphero robots, learning about chemistry with color-changing reactions demonstrating how the body uses Vitamin C to neutralize free radicals, and sending messages via radio waves! Winston-Salem is saturated with STEM research, education, and innovation. By incorporating multiple community groups that exist at the intersection of Science and The Arts, The Science Bridge event created a uniquely comprehensive STEM fair that caters to all interests!