Showcasing Children’s STEM talent: A STEM Night Situation
Abstract: This paper explores Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning at the elementary level through a STEM Night program organized at a STEM Elementary School. The STEM Night program brought together children, parents, teachers and education enthusiasts to experience a stream of STEM talent. Children expressed their STEM talent at the STEM Night, as they presented results from their classroom STEM adventures. The STEM night was an open event that included: information technology exhibits, engineering design challenges, science experiments, math activities and team-building challenges. The event gave elementary learners the opportunity to engage in hands-on, inquiry-based activities with STEM professionals from other organizations. Some of the children in the role of teachers, exhibited leadership roles as they explained and displayed the STEM exhibits. The STEM Night program provided an avenue for elementary learners to showcase their classroom projects and hands-on activities in the area of STEM. This research study seeks to promote children’s active participation in STEM projects at the elementary level, resulting into children’s interest and confidence in STEM subjects, and allowing them to share their creative ideas with others. The elementary learners were between the ages of 5-12 in kindergarten through 5th grade classes.