KLA Schools Fifth Annual STEM Fair – Bringing Awareness to the Community and Global Issues

Rathika Subramanian

KLA Schools Plainfield Bringing Awareness to the Community and Global Issues

KLA Schools of Plainfield hosted their fifth annual STEM Fair to provide the opportunity for children to express their curiosities as they test and create using the scientific method and engineering process. This event strengthens family involvement and brings awareness to the community and global issues.

KLA Schools of Plainfield hosted its fifth annual STEM Fair on February 22, 2019. There is a strong belief at KLA Schools that young students are the natural born scientist and have an innate curiosity about the world around them. As a Reggio Emilia inspired school, the students at KLA are invited to have open-ended encounters with materials which allows them to engage within the community as scientists. They explore, experiment, test, repeat, and process everything that they undergo. Their annual STEM fair is an event where the work and creativity of the children are showcased. It also strengthens family involvement by giving them the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, and math together.
The students, their families, and the educators of KLA Schools worked together to create displays to exhibit their learning by using the engineering process and scientific method. Ms. Carrie, the Assistant Principal and member of the STEM Committee at KLA said, “Last year there were so many amazing projects that we knew we were going to have to change things up this year. Instead of using one classroom to set everything up, the children display their projects in their classrooms, and each classroom has many displays. Even our Nido Classroom for toddlers had projects to display. Also, each classroom prepared experiments that they had been working on weeks prior. The Toddlers explored ice and how it changes as it melts; the two-year-old’s conducted interactive science experiments in their classes including air pressure and build/test. The 3’s, 4’s, Kindergarten, and School-age children demonstrated on a variety of experiments related to their interests and project study including mixing oil and vinegar, sink or float, water filtration, magnets, marble runs, and more!”

Upon arriving, each child received a STEM Challenge card. The challenge was to visit each of the classrooms, complete an exploration, and the classroom teacher would punch a hole in their card before venturing to the next room. For children, three years of age and up, one of the challenges was visiting the Atelier to use ScratchJr with Ms. Roopali, the school Innovative Computing teacher. ScratchJr is a visual programming language developed by MIT that builds on skills including visual programming/coding, comprehension, knowledge of story elements, device knowledge, troubleshooting, and problem-solving. Ms. Roopali also displayed new documentation on Robotics that KLA has started implementing this Semester.

The children, their families, and the educators at KLA Schools had another meaningful experience at this year’s STEM fair. Each year the children’s curiosities widen, their self-esteem is boosted, and their love for learning grows, all while having fun! Each participant left with a STEM Fair Certificate, a STEM Fair Participant Ribbon, and memories that will last a lifetime.

About KLA Schools of Plainfield
At KLA Schools, everyone believes that all children have the right to high-quality education and Early childhood education is crucial to lifelong success for children in whatever dreams they wish to pursue as they grow.

It is one of the reasons KLA Schools of Plainfield utilizes the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and development, which has been heralded as one of the best programs in the world and was featured by CNN and Newsweek magazine. As one of the most respected early childhood educational establishments in the North Plainfield/ South Naperville area, your child will be launching into life with enthusiasm and excitement.

If you would like more information about KLA School’s STEAM Fair or programs offered by KLA Schools of Plainfield, please contact Morgan Sartain at 815-617-9552 or email at plainfield@klaschools.com