To the Editor:
As part of the USD 383 Elementary Science Olympiad Family Fun Night on March 13, nearly 100 students in grades three through six and their families designed and built straw towers as architects and surveyed rocks and minerals as geologists, sank their tinfoil barges with marbles as engin-eers and took on many other hands-on projects.
Our first-ever district event was a huge success. Members of the planning team would like to publicly thank our partners and sponsors.
Amanda Arnold Elementary hosted the event and provided child care. Nearly a dozen teachers and staff helped guide students to more than 15 hands-on learning stations. Students from K-State’s College of Edu-cation, working with Dr. Lori Anderson, provided leadership at each learning station to plan, design and carry out lessons connected to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) standards and content areas. The Manhattan High School Science Olympiad Team shared a keynote presentation to promote future STEM oppor-tunities in middle and high school.
Wheat State Pizza provided an incredible spread for more than 300 participants. The Flint Hills Discovery Center donated family passes as a raffle prize. Our financial sponsors included Wal-Mart, V Wealth Management, Amanda Arnold PTO, the Knopp family and the Wootlen family.
Many community organiza-tions provided tables of infor-mation and projects, including K-State College of Agriculture, Steward Financial Team, K-State Industrial Engineering Freshman-Sophomore Council, K-State Geology Club, Flint Hills Wellness Coalition, K-State Pub-lic Health Club,m Flint Hills Discovery Center, Sunset Zoo, Riley County 4-H Youth Develop-ment, Konza Environmental Education Program and Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.
USD 383 thrives from a solid community commitment to our public schools and student scholars. By investing in STEM events, we prepare our students for the ever-changing demands of the modern workplace. Thanks again for your support of our USD 383 Elementary Science Olympiad Family Fun Night.