The Children’s STEM fair, co-sponsored by the Saratoga Springs Public Library, Sustainable Saratoga, and the Children’s Museum at Saratoga, attracted more than 300 people on July 17, 2019. Children of all ages explored a diverse assemblage of scientific disciplines.
Twenty different organizations participated in the event, offering interactive STEM activities to stimulate kids’ interest in science. Activities exposed kids to the natural sciences, engineering, and physics in a creative, hands-on way. Kids studied animal tracks, learned about how worms turn food waste into nutrient-rich worm castings, and explored the physics of water flow through a watershed. Several activities involved engineering solutions to solve problems in physics. A popular station was the ice cream table, where kids used super-cold salt water to make, and then eat, their own ice cream.
“It was great to see so many kids engaged in this kind of active learning” says Mary Cobb, a volunteer and grandparent of a child who stayed the entire time of the event. “As a retired preschool teacher, I know the educational value of hands-on experiences and this event delivered an abundance of these opportunities.”