Annual STEAM Fair at KLA Schools

Rathika Subramanian

For Immediate Release

Contact Admissions Department                          

Telephone 815-617-9552 February 21, 2020 

Email: admissions@klaschoolsnaperville.com

              admissions@klaschoolsplainfield.com

 

KLA Schools of Plainfield hosted their sixth annual STEAM Fair while KLA Schools of Naperville hosted their first, of many, STEAM Fairs to showcase how the students have explored their curiosities through the Scientific Method and Engineering Process. These events also strengthen the parent partnership and bring awareness to the community and global issues. 

 

On February 21, 2020, both KLA Schools in Illinois hosted their Annual STEAM Fair. For KLA Schools of Naperville, this was the first of many, and for KLA Schools of Plainfield, this was their sixth year in a row hosting the event. At KLA, there is a firm belief student, no matter the age, children have curiosities that runs deep about the world and that they are a natural-born scientist. The environment in both schools provokes children to interact with the materials through in-depth investigation and to use an inquiry mindset. As the students play throughout the day, they have open-ended encounters and explore, experiment, test, repeat, and process everything that they undergo. Ms. Morgan, the Pedagogical Director, said, “The students put a lot of effort and creativity into their scientific work throughout the school year, our STEAM fair showcases their thought processes and hard work. During the event, we also encourage family involvement by having the students and their families to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics by completing a STEAM Challenge Card.”

 

The challenge card is made up of boxes, and as the families visited each of the classrooms they engaged in various explorations, the classroom teacher punched a hole in their card once complete. One of the challenges took place in the Atelier. Both KLA Schools have a STEAM Atelier where children explore light and shadow, a variety of software programs including ScratchJr, and materials to build upon their innovation and engineering skills every day. Ms. Mellissa, the Atelierista at KLA Naperville, described ScratchJr as “A program developed by MIT which encompasses visual programming language that builds on skills including coding, comprehension, knowledge of story elements, device knowledge, troubleshooting, and problem-solving.”  

 

As the families were completing the challenge, they also had the chance to see displays of science projects that took place in the students’ classrooms, or at home. Between both schools, there were a total of 29 boards done by the students, their families, and the educators of KLA Schools. Each of the displays exhibited how new knowledge was acquired by using the engineering process and the scientific method. Ms. Carrie, the Admissions Director, mother of two children, and member of the STEAM Committee said, “There was such a wide variety of projects completed, and it was amazing to see what our future scientists, engineers, graphic artist, and entrepreneurs, displayed. We had projects on Echo Mysteries, Catapults, Creating a Bouncy Ball, Osmosis, LED Crystals, Germs, and more! I have been with KLA for three years and am so impressed as I witness the children’s curiosities widen, there is a boost of self-esteem, and their love for learning that is continuously growing, all while having fun! As a parent and member of the leadership team of KLA, I see how meaning events like the STEAM fair is to our KLA community and how it strengthens the bond that we all have with each other. Together we are creating memories that will last a lifetime.”

 

To be competitive and keep up with this changing global economy, KLA Schools believes that we must encourage and provide children with the opportunity to explore technology, engineering, the arts, and math. KLA Schools of Plainfield’s vision is to leave traces in the community by nurturing young minds to be respectful, caring citizens, and leaders. The encouragement that the school provides at an early age can inspire a child to become an engineer, physicist, scientist, biologist, doctor, astronaut, or mathematician. The school believes that the opportunities are endless; each child is more than capable of making their dreams come true! 

 

About KLA Schools of Plainfield

 

At KLA Schools, everyone believes that all children have the right to high-quality education, and Early childhood education is crucial to lifelong success for children in whatever dreams they wish to pursue as they grow.

 

It is one of the reasons KLA Schools of Plainfield utilizes the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and development, which has been heralded as one of the best programs in the world and was featured by CNN and Newsweek magazine. As one of the most respected early childhood educational establishments in the North Plainfield/ South Naperville area, your child will be launching into life with enthusiasm and excitement.

 

If you would like more information about KLA School’s STEAM Fair or programs offered by KLA Schools of Plainfield, please contact Carrie Hemmer at 815-617-9552 or email at admissions@klaschoolsplainfield.com or admissions@klaschoolsnaperville.com