Elliott Elementary Engages Students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Jun 04, 2014

Guests Check Out Projects at Elliott STEM FairFrisco ISD’s Elliott Elementary School challenged students in grades K-5 to explore the fields of science, technology, engineering and math during the school’s first-ever STEM fair on Tuesday, May 6.

Participation in the fair was optional – but nearly 200 students chose to take part. Students worked alone or in pairs to present their research on a wide-variety of topics.

In all, there were approximately 140 projects, including those answering questions such as “Which knot is strongest?” and “Are you overwatering your lawn?” Others investigated the evolution of cars, brands of popcorn and red pandas, among many other subjects.

“Our goal was to get kids thinking and excited about the different STEM fields available to them,” said Elliott fifth grade science teacher Nancy Gardner. “The fair was not a competition – but rather an opportunity for students to have fun learning something new.”

Although the projects were not judged, students did receive positive comments about their project from Frisco ISD staff members, STEM professionals and other members of the community.

Among the organizations sending volunteers were the Dallas Zoo, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Merit Energy, Camp Jolt, Baylor Medical Center at Frisco, Sci-Tech Discovery Center and InTouch Credit Union.

“This was just another great way for us to get involved in the community,” said Eric Backs from Baylor Medical Center at Frisco, who was among the volunteers visiting with students about their projects. “These students have done a tremendous amount of research. I’m beyond impressed.”

Fourth grader Keilob Gilbreath chose to build a potato-powered clock, despite having reservations the project would work.

“When I heard about it, I thought it was a fake,” he admitted. “I learned it’s better to try things if you aren’t sure if they are going to work.”

Keilob was among those students eager to read the written feedback provided by members of the community. Many parents reported students who kept reading their positive comment cards over and over again.

“It just made me feel more confident in myself,” Keilob said. “It makes me tell myself that people believe that I can do it.”

The event was so successful, Elliott has already made plans to host another STEM Fair next year. The fair will be held May 19, 2015. 

Evolution of Cars Project

Volunteers Provide Feedback

Keilob Gilbreath