Let’s welcome the new year, 2024! It’s our 15th Anniversary as a STEM ed nonprofit and we have all the plans in place to connect students to new hands-on STEM activities and possibilities. Great things and fun facts come in “24”, so here are a few that hold interesting significance. Let’s Go 24!
The Significance of 24 in the Human Body
Not only is the number 24 relevant to the current year, it also plays a crucial role in the body’s anatomy! Specifically, the rib cage serves as a protective shield for vital organs like the heart and lungs. This structure is composed of 24 ribs that can be categorized into three types: True Ribs, False Ribs, and Floating Ribs.
Link To Article:Rib cage (alberta.ca)
How the Purity of Gold Lies in 24
Gold is one of the ‘noble’ metals; it resists oxidation and maintains its shine. ‘Caratage’ is the measurement of purity of gold alloyed with other metals. 24 carat is pure gold, with no other metals mixed in.
Link to Article: https://www.gold.org/about-gold/about-gold-jewellery
The Value of the 24th Atomic Element
At atomic number 24, we find the element Chromium. Chromium is commonly used to give a shiny and reflective surface to various metals, such as steel, aluminum, and copper. In addition, it is employed in the aerospace industry to coat aircraft parts as a protective measure against corrosion and wear!
Try this STEM Activity
Mathematically, 24 is the smallest number with exactly 8 numbers that divide it — can you name them?
STEM Highlights from Our Past Year!
As we launch 2024, we also want to acknowledge the end of 2023. We are grateful for all the wonderful moments shared with our students. May our upcoming Robo-Tech Festival, Tech Girls Workshop, and community partner collaborations be as impactful and fulfilling as they were during this past twelve months.