SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) - Golf wasn't the only thing to see out at the Gulf Resort Classic this weekend. Visitors to the tournament were also invited to step into an interactive world of science, known as the Chevron STEMZONE.
STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, is a growing educational tool in schools across the country. Chevron saw the tournament as a chance to spread the word about the program. To do this, the company brought in aspiring teachers from Mississippi State to volunteer.
Savannah Smith was one of the volunteers. She said sometimes it's hard to relate math and science to kids, but this exhibit made it easy.
"By bringing these different exhibits around, like thermal imagery and reaction times, we can relate it to the sports that they participate in or when they go hunting, or when they're just doing stuff with their everyday life," said Smith.
One of the children enjoying the activities was Abby Burnette. She came in to check out the exhibit and got to do something she didn't expect. At one of the stations set up around the tent, participants were able to give their own news cast in front of a green screen.
"You can act like you're doing the weather," said Abby. "I was thinking, 'what's fixing to come up, what am I fixing to have to say, is it going to be funny, is it going to be serious, am I going to be on TV?'."
The exhibit was so interactive that not only the kids were getting involved. Even some of the adults got excited about some science. Brice Wiggins brought his family to the tournament, but noticed the STEM tent and decided to check it out. He said he's glad companies like Chevron are stepping out to do this type of thing.
"It's extremely important. In fact, that's where our country is headed, and our state is trying to get more of the STEM education in the schools," said Wiggins.
This was the second year for Chevron to set up the STEM Zone exhibit. Over the last four days, more than 500 people have filtered through the tent to enjoy the interactive experience.