MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho --
Stephensen Elementary School hosted
their sixth annual science fair and expo at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho,
March 23, 2017. The school teamed up with base personnel to grow students’
interest in the science field.
The fair is run by the Parent
Teacher Together organization which implements several programs to help military
children through their learning process.
The PTT incorporates a science
enrichment program to supplement the topic into the students’ curriculum. Along
with this program, they use interactive tools such as the annual science fair
and expo to keep children interested and involved in their education.
“Kindergarten through third grade
classes across the state of Idaho are not required to offer science as a grade,”
said Colleen Holdredge, Parent Teacher Together vice president. “For us, as a
parent organization, we feel that it’s important for the military child, who
can get up and PCS at any time, to get science into their curriculum.”
Their efforts have sparked an
interest over the six years of their involvement with the school.
“Every grade K through four is
participating this year,” Holdredge said. “We have 67 [students] participating
which is the most we have ever had at our science fairs.”
Even teachers are excited to see
what their students come up with.
“The science fair project is
amazing,” said Jessica Buckholz, Parent Teacher Together president. “Seeing the
children get up and talk about their projects is fun to watch and watching them
grow is inspiring.”
Several shops from the base got
involved as well, bringing their own projects for the students to see.
“We have weather flight, the youth
center, entomology, precision measurement equipment inspection flight or NDI
who are bringing their robot, the hospital is bringing their (simulated
patient), and (explosive ordinance disposal) is bringing their machines as
well,” Holdredge said. “It’s great to see so much involvement.”
But at the end of the day, it’s all
about ensuring the children thrive.
“I think it just sparks
imagination,” Holdredge said. “I mean, every kid loves science at this age and
we want to keep them interested and let them know it’s not all about math and
reading, it’s about getting to see how the world works.”