STEM Day planned for March 12
Students at the Meyersdale Area Elementary School are excited to present the Fourth Annual STEM Day/Science Fair on March 12. Sponsored by the Meyersdale Area Educational Boosters, this STEM event is a celebration of creativity and innovation. The acronym, “STEM” is a nationally recognized educational term standing for “Science,Technology, Engineering and Math.”
This special event will celebrate the skills of students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grades. The science fair will feature the work of all fifth grade students, as well projects completed voluntarily by students in the lower grades. The event will be open to the public from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
According to Rene’ Hay, Booster’s Treasurer, STEM Day is a opportunity for exploration of students’ interests across STEM topics. “This annual event gives students a students the opportunity to share their own projects as well as learn about other STEM topics. Our hope is to spark new interests and develop creativity,” she explained.
A highlight of STEM 2019 will be the return of the Discovery Dome. The Discovery Dome is a full immersion digital movie dome and portable planetarium. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy a special presentation made possible by The Learning Lamp. Staff from The Learning Lamp will be teaching students about Earth and outer space through the Discovery Dome. Discovery Dome will be available throughout the day and during the evening hours of STEM Day, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
A variety of snacks, including popcorn, chips, and pizza, will be available for purchase during the evening hours.
Mrs. Kim Berkley teaches fourth and fifth grade science and promises that guests will be impressed with what they will see, learn and discover.
“Our STEM night is a collaborative effort to showcase our students’ work through projects and provide activities to keep them actively engaged in scientific exploration,” Berkley explained. “Through the scientific method, students are able to conduct fair tests by answering questions and test hypotheses or possible solutions, through a controlled experiment.”
Berkley said students were encouraged to follow the scientific method by having the following components: Question, Hypothesis, Procedure, Analysis and Conclusion.
“Our hope is by using this process regularly in our investigations, our students will become comfortable with this fundamental process and prepare them for higher level science education,” Berkley added.
The 2019 STEM / Science Day will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 in the Meyersdale Elementary School. Please plan to attend and be prepared to be amazed by the incredible projects created by our students!
“This is one of our favorite events! It is an exciting evening for students to view science experiments and participate in other fun activities,” added Mr. Pritts, MAES Principal.
If you would like to join the efforts of the Meyersdale Educational Boosters’, the organization meets monthly at 3 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.