WSU students encourage learning at Kids’ Science and Engineering Day

Participants at last year's Kids Science and Engineering Day interact with staff members.
Participants at last year's Kids Science and Engineering Day interact with staff members.

This year’s Kids’ Science and Engineering Day (KSED) is going back to the Dinosaur Age to encourage a fun-filled day of learning.

This year’s KSED theme, “Journey to the Jurassic,” offers K–5 students in the Palouse and Spokane area the opportunity to learn basic science and engineering principles through entertaining, hands-on activities run by college students.

Organized by WSU’s Society of Women Engineers club and supported by dozens of Washington State University student clubs, the event features more than 30 fun science- and engineering-related stations, with participating children each receiving a t-shirt and goodie bag.

A planetarium will also be running a show at the event.

KSED committee member Chloe Kemmerling said the event, now in its 15th year, is beneficial to children because coming to a college campus and being exposed to fun science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities can encourage children to explore STEM more and see what college might be like.

“Being here at such a young age, they’re probably more open to the idea of college and STEM learning, and the way we present it makes it kind of fun,” Kemmerling said. “They’re enjoying their idea of STEM; they have a positive connection with STEM.”

Kemmerling says she loves seeing children get excited at the event every year.

“Being in a college town, I don’t see children that often and I love being able to watch how they interact with and learn from students at our college,” she said.

The 2024 Kids’ Science and Engineering Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. To buy tickets or sign up to volunteer, visit the WSU’s Society of Women Engineers website.

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