By Tim Smith, CTE Director, Nine Mile Falls School District

How can we get our kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math education and help families learn about possible science careers that exist right here in our region? This is the question that our teachers asked themselves as we planned our annual STEM event called Science Night Out at Lakeside High School for all students in Nine Mile Falls on February 27, 2018.

This event has typically been to share what science education within our schools looks like with our parents. Over the past two years our idea has evolved into getting more people to attend and show a wider range of science education and opportunities not only in our own schools but in our community and our State. This allowed students and parents to educate themselves about the many great classes and opportunities that exist right here in our school district and community. The results were better than expected, we are always packed with students and families, all of whom were eager to come and learn about science, technology, engineering and math and get involved in the interactive activities.

 

We have always had a great turnout of individuals who work in science, technology and engineering related fields to come in and share what they do in their jobs with our families. Presenters from Avista Utilities, WSU Pharmacy, Riverside State Parks, SimplyTronics and many more came to share how their everyday work includes using science, technology or engineering. The goal of Science Night Out this year is to continue to highlight the great STEM happening in our schools and engage with our partners in Business, University, and Government. We are always looking for more partners to join in on this wonderful event.


Contact Tim Smith at tsmith@9mile.org