- Philips Elementary School hosted its first-ever Science Is Fun Night this week. Local businesses also went to the event to show how science, technology, engineering and math careers are important to the area.
The school got a $2,600 grant for educational supplies for the event.
"We've got new science materials from a local grant that was written, and we've got a chance to show all our students the new science equipment we've got for the district," said Phillips Elementary School Principal Dave Scholz.
The night started with an hour of exploration time that allowed the kids to use the science resources. Those resources included tools such as Legos and basic computer programming skills.
All of the exhibits were designed on give kids hands-on experience in science.
"We have Lego robotics in one of the other rooms that the kids get to put the Legos together, build a car, and then program it on a computer for the cars to run in the directions that they want," said Scholz.
Science teachers from the middle school, high school, and almost all the staff from the elementary school were involved in the event. More than 300 people attended.
Teachers also gave a variety of science demonstrations.
"So many of our industries here in Phillips and across Wisconsinfrom manufacturing and innovation need this type of training for their students, and the interest for this has to start in the lower grades," said Phillips fifth grade science teacher Rodney Dymesich.
The science resources will be used for much more than just this one event. Teachers can also check out these resources and use them to support their curriculum.
"Science is all about hands-on learning, and that's what we wanted to give them, that opportunity," said Scholz.