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Raytown Schools STEM in the Gym

STEM in the Gym is finally here! On Thursday, November 7 elementary students can visit RaytownCentralMiddle School from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. for a fun-filled evening of Science, Technology, Enginieering, and Mathematics activities. Among the featured stops will be Mad Science from 6:05- 6:35 (limited to 110 attendees) and a weather demonstration from KMBC’s Bryan Busby from 6:45-7:30 (limited to 110 attendees), and special demonstrations from Ken-A-Vision. The Bio Bus from Missouri Western, where students can work in a real lab, will be open in the parking lot.

The school with the highest percentage of attendees will receive a donation of microscopes from Ken-A-Vision. QR codes will be used to track students for their respective schools. With the assistance of faculty and high school student volunteers, students will also be able to visit experiment stations, including Vanishing Stirring Rods, Tornado Twist, Candy Cars, Sink or Float, Oil and Water, and Super Strong Bubbles.

The National Society of Black Engineers, LakesideNatureCenter, the American Society of Civil Engineers Young Members K.C. Group, General Mills, the UMKC Society of Physics, Learn Science and Math Lego Build, the Raytown High School Math Club, and the Kansas City Archeological Society, and the Kansas City Zoo will all be represented with displays and demonstrations. Students will even get to see a fire truck outside the gym.

The event is sponsored by the Raytown PTA Council, under the direction of programming vice-president Kenya Pieters. Major sponsors for the event include the Raytown Educational Foundation and Ken-A-Vision, and sponsors include General Mills, the American Association of University Women, Christy Garnett, and the Raytown Lee’s Summit Community Credit Union.

Students will have the chance to enter gift raffles with donations from CoCo Key Water Resort, the Kansas City Zo, ParadisePark, ScienceCity, Union Station, and the Union Station Planetarium.

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Fleetridge Elementary second grader Briona Weston gets help with the Vanishing Stirring Rods display from Eastwood Hills Behavior Interventionist Mr. Cleathus Waddy. The demonstration was one of over 20 activities for students focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at the first STEM in the Gym event for Raytown elementary students.

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Robinson Elementary third grader Allison Zaiser’s hair displayed the effect of static electricity at the first STEM in the Gym for Raytown elementary students. The demonstration was one of over 20 activities for students focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

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Lucas Mayo, Norfleet 3rd grader, engineers a structure from spaghetti and marshmallows at the first STEM in the Gym night for Raytown Elementary students.  The Society for Young Engineers sponsored the building table.

 

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Calli Hoffman, 5th grader at Little Blue Elementary in Raytown spends time looking at pelts and “scat” , samples from the Lakeside Nature Center which were on display at the first STEM in the Gym for Raytown elementary students. The demonstration was one of over 20 activities for students focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

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 Lucas Mayo, 3rd grader at Norfleet Elementary in Raytown looks for the charged energy at the first STEM in the Gym for Raytown elementary students. The demonstration was one of over 20 activities for students focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

 

All photos were taken by John Billings

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