DERRY — Students at St. Thomas Aquinas School took on technology recently, enjoying an X-Stream for Saints Maker Day held at the school off Moody Street.

Students in grades pre-K through eight visited different stations set up in the adjoining Aquinas Center to learn about robotics, engineering, rocketry, wind and drones.

School officials said the event supported regular technology curriculum taught in the classroom.

University of New Hampshire students participated in the event, taking over an entire room and leading groups on building their own forms of theme park rides, using science theories to help students build their own creations to test.

UNH freshman Jon Snow is studying computer science and said the college students travel to schools to teach students all about STEM-related projects and learning.

"It shows them what's possible," Snow said. "And there's a lot of inspiration here."

Children also watched demonstrations on laser engraving and embossing wood and other materials, and saw how liquid nitrogen is used to create frosty ice cream, thanks to visiting SubZero ice cream's Rita McCabe.

It's not just about the ice cream, but how science is used in the process.

"We are educating the youth of America," McCabe said.

Teagan Varney, 8, said she was enjoying the day.

"And I want to be a scientist," she said.

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