MAA’s Inaugural STEM Fun Fair Was a Hit!

This year, Mount Alvernia Academy held its first STEM Fun Fair. The new format proved to be a dynamic, cooperative learning experience for MAA’s fourth and fifth grade as well as a fun event for the younger students who came to listen to the presentations.

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Many of the activities for the STEM Fun Fair were from the NEED Project, National Energy Education Project. MAA’s Science Teacher, Mrs. Maria Lyons, attended a NEED Class at the Museum of Science last fall. The NEED project supplied kits for making electricity-generating wind turbines and solar panels, as well as equipment and supplies for experiments on potential and kinetic energy, light, sound, electricity, chemistry, and thermal energy.

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The students were amazed to measure the electricity produced by a windmill, loved conducting experiments on exothermic and endothermic reactions or, to their surprise, create a rainbow on the ceiling. No one expected to find how energy efficient a LED light bulb really is or how long it takes to decompose a banana peel compared to a plastic bag.

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The students did a tremendous job presenting to MAA families, community members, and fellow students. The fourth and fifth-grade students even helped the younger students conduct their activities, providing them with fun, hands-on science experiences.

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A huge thank you to the students from the Boston College Make a Difference Program and our parent volunteer, Mr. Hill (parent Pre-K, 1, 5). It was a great learning experience and a fun time for all. We are planning on making the STEM Fun Fair an annual event!

 

 

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