STEM Family Night Features Hands-on Learning

Students and their families agree that the Kennett Consolidated School District’s second annual STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Family Night was an overwhelming success. The evening was designed to encourage dynamic interactions among family members and increase awareness of the District’s STEM opportunities. Attendees participated in activities that focused on STEM principles by encouraging students and their families to build, create, and learn together.

Kennett Consolidated School District (KCSD) staff and students volunteered to operate 26 STEM activity stations. All the stations were designed for children ages kindergarten through eighth grade. Attendees had the opportunity to explore 3-D printing, create slime, conduct chemistry experiments, learn about the Blue Demon Robotics program, make their own soap, play math games, and test out computer apps.

Specific activity stations introduced students to what the District’s STEM program has to offer. A popular station with younger students was the Three Little Pigs engineering activity. At this station, students had to build a house from toothpicks and mini marshmallows that could withstand the huffing and puffing from the big, bad wolf (a hair dryer).
Maia Gibbons, a second grade student at Greenwood Elementary School, was proud when her paper bridge held up to the weight of a large book placed on top of it. While she credited her father, an engineer, for helping her, her father gave her full credit for the successful design.

“STEM Family Night is a great event for the entire family,” Kennett Middle School Principal Mr. Lorenzo DeAngelis said. “Parents have the opportunity to learn about the District’s STEM program, and students have the freedom to explore through age-appropriate activities.”

Malcolm and Lisa Stoddard have two children who attend Bancroft Elementary School. The Stoddard’s enjoyed the variety of activities and commented that their children had been looking forward to the evening.

Jeff Hsu and his wife, Weiying Gao, are both engineers. Their oldest son, Jeremy, is in fourth grade, and they commented that they appreciate that the multitude of hands-on STEM activities offered at his school are sparking his interest.

For more information regarding Kennett Consolidated School District’s STEM program, please contact the District’s math and science curriculum specialist Dr. Lydia Hallman at lhallman@kcsd.org.

Here is a video from the evening:

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