One hundred young scientists walked through the halls and visited the science lab rooms for the Lincoln-Way East science department’s annual Griffins Growing STEM event Feb. 4.
East science teachers and students volunteer their evening to teach students in kindergarten through fourth grade about science topics.
This event is for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Admission was free, but attendees could bring donations of travel size toiletries for the area homeless.
The program began when young scientists were introduced to their Griffin science buddy at registration. April Richter, Jill Enguita and Kendra Will paired the young scientist with their student volunteers.
Parents, who were required to stay in the building during the event, were ushered into the Griffins Lair, where they heard talks from the Exemplary Student Research Program, led by Jami Voliva and the robotics team, led by Dan Moore. After the talks parents participated in a Q-and-A with each of the groups.
While parents were learning, so were the students. The topics taught included plants, taught by Julie Widinski, Camille Gonzalez-Jensen, and Ross Widiniski; density, taught by Carlie Premo, Beth Swaney and Shane Tucker; crystal and minerals, taught by Maria Wilson, Liz Janik, Katarina Kaplarevic and Nicole Cashen; electrostatics, taught by Mike Murphy and Wes Cooley; and fingerprint analysis, taught by Ryan Lodes and Dawn McAvoy.
At the end of the program students helped themselves to juice and cookies.