STEM in Action: A Kid’s Conference transports STEM learning from the classroom to a daylong event of hands-on activities and sessions on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills.

The event allows for STEM to “come to life” in ways that many students do not have the opportunity to experience science, math, technology or engineering. The event invites hundreds of students throughout Los Angeles. In 2016, 700 students participated.

A section of the campus designated to the conference, sets up STEM activities at multiple booths. While student test various real life experiments, teachers are offered lesson plans on how to carry them out.

Booth demonstrators and workshop facilitators are teacher-candidates in our various programs. The day allows them to experience interactive-teaching and innovative pedagogy placing students in real world environments to problem solve.

From launching paper rockets to test Newton’s Law of gravity, to experiencing virtual reality with state-of-the-art goggles, student take on activities that challenge them to think while having fun.

PROGRAM BENEFITS
Fosters – and benefits from – creativity
Challenges students to problem solve alone and in teams
Encourages collective work and responsibility
Promotes diverse learning and pedagogy styles
Prepares students for a college curriculum
Introduces students to STEM in real-world scenarios
Shows STEM learning can be fun and intellectually stimulating simultaneously
Develops critical thinking and data analysis
Clears up misconception that STEM is boring and too difficult
Encourages healthy competition

NEXT STEPS
If you or your school would like to participate in STEM Day, then take the first step here.

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