Teachers across the district are always looking for ways to integrate more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) into the student’s learning and hands-on experiences at school.
Logan Elementary School recently held its first annual STEM Fair. “The Logan STEM Fair is an opportunity for the 4th, 5th and 6th grade students (who chose to participate) to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math by putting together a project using the scientific method, said Fourth Grade Teacher Ellen Baeten. ”This is the first year but we intend to do it every fall in the future.”
Logan teachers Kristine Becker and Ellen Baeten hope to expand their STEM Fair by partnering with outside organizations. They’re looking for grants and partnerships to help bring more experiences and hands-on learning projects to their students. In future fairs, they hope to incorporate booths and presentations from outside organizations, like Westar and Kansas Gas Service, to make kids more aware of the many STEM careers out there.
The Logan STEM Fair was set up during parent-teacher conferences so anyone could view the projects. Logan students all had the opportunity to go through the fair during school hours and listen to the student presentations, view projects, and ask questions.
“Kids were awarded for participating with medals given for the top project in each of the STEM categories,” said Baeten. “There were 25 projects with over 30 kids participating. We hope to add more next year.”