Discovery Ridge Elementary Celebrates STEM Education with Hands-On Fun

Discovery Days

Students at Discovery Ridge Elementary participated in the eighth annual “Discovery Days” during the week of October 2-6. The event, conceived by faculty members in 2010 before construction of the new elementary school was even completed, focuses on discovery in the physical world.

“Discovery Days is an exciting time of year during which our Discovery Ridge community celebrates flight, space and related STEM topics,” said Discovery Ridge Principal Laura Bates. “We have seen students highly interested in science throughout the year as a result of this engaging week of learning.”

On Friday, October 6, the week culminated with activities that included students climbing in the cockpit of an F4 Phantom jet built by McDonnell Douglas and an OH-58 Kiowa Army helicopter. Other activities included Monsanto’s STEM Challenge, science demonstrations by Mad Science, and solar scope viewing with the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri.

“Discovery Days is educational because you get to learn and have fun at the same time,” said third grader Cameron Davis.

Additional events included a visit from the ARCH helicopter, presentations by the Wentzville Fire Department, Dino Odell’s science songs and the St. Louis Science Center Unisphere – a portable, inflatable mini-planetarium. The celebration concluded Friday night with Washington University’s MySci Investigation Station, food trucks, and hands-on STEM stations.