Events in Elgin, Bartlett and Streamwood will provide students and parents sneak peek of the February STEM Expo
ELGIN — School District U-46 will host four kick-off events in November at local libraries to prepare students and families for the fun learning opportunities available through the District’s 2018 STEM Expo, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24 at Bartlett High School. The free kick-off events will give students a chance to engage with cutting-edge technologies, experiment with next-generation science and check out live chemistry and physics demonstrations.
“The STEM Expo provides an opportunity for U-46 students to showcase their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on investigation and research,” said Deb Perryman, U-46’s Coordinator of K-12 Science/Planetarium.
Participating students, who can enter individually or as teams, will plan and carry out a project based on their own natural curiosities or questions. Instead of a competition, the STEM Expo is “an opportunity for students to share and defend their research, projects and/or experiments,” Perryman said.
The kick-off events in November can serve as brainstorming opportunities for any students who are looking for ideas for their expo projects. Vendors will also be demonstrating potential projects and can talk with students about their ideas for learning.
“The STEM Expo kick-off events are designed to help students develop a question or identify a problem that they would like to answer or solve,” Perryman said.
School District U-46 and library staff, volunteers, and partner organizations will facilitate the kick-off events. Each partner organization is charged with providing event attendees with either a hands-on activity, a free giveaway or information in the areas of STEM education. All members of the community are welcome to attend.
All kick-off events will run from 6 to 8 p.m.