First STEM Night & Beyond, for 2014, a Success

First STEM and Beyond Night at North Harford Middle School a HUGE Success

157 students (grades 4-6) participated this past Wdnesday, January 14. These students came to the event with 175 family members (parents and siblings).  Additionally, there were 60 eighth grade ambassadors that helped with set-up and presenter assistance.  The student/family feedback was outstanding. 

The admin from all of the schools (elementary and middle) turned out to greet their families and were extremely supportive in promoting the program prior to the event.

Sarah Morris, Supervisor of Mathematics for HCPS, continues to serve on the committee as the HCPS liaison.  She organized the preliminary meetings with the elementary and middle school to make certain they supported the program.  She also attends each of the HCPS events and plays a key role handling many of the details during set-up and throughout the evening.

While many serve to make this successful at five middle schools, each year, proving hundreds of demonstrations (finding mentors, materials and sceduling rooms), printing 1,000’s of flyers, arranging food for hundreds of exhibitors and individual planning with each school; two stand out – We thank Dr. Diane Lane and Kathy Kunda, from Cecil College,and not just for tireless devotion to the mission, but also for providing the leadership and motivation that allowed the STEM FORUM to achieve this first three-year cycle of reaching every 4th & 5th grader in Cecil and Harford Counties.

All-in all there were about 392 people in the building last night who really enjoyed the program.”

The next STEM Night is scheduled at Bohemia Manor Middle, January 29th. If anyone has an after school activity or club that can be part of the exhibit hall the STEM Night & Beyond team would appreciate your help in recruiting them for Bohemia Manor and Rising Sun (Feb. 5th), in Cecil County. Contact the, via Kathy Kunda, Cecil College, at kkunda@cecil.ed

STEM Nights & Beyond have become the most community visible part of our regional-wide initiative, the STEM FORUM, a non-profit focusing on uniting resources ( finanancial, subject matter experts, parents, mentors, teachers, industry and government) to expand the pipeline of  STEM qualified students, and in turn, contribute to our country’s increasingly, globally competitive need for engineers, scientists, mathematicians and science literate citizens.