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Science fair night a community project at Lansdowne Elementary

An exciting evening of science is planned for April 21 at Lansdowne Elementary School, featuring science exhibits, food, reptiles and more, organizers say.

While it is not the first STEM fair night the school has had, according to Principal Stephen Price, in an email, the free community event is the first time that the school is "treating this like a big celebration of all things science."

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There will be the "classic science fair" — students talking about their science projects —and there will also be a dinner for all attendees and a show by the Reptile Man, Price said.

The third-graders will also be showcasing their "Safe Racer Vehicles," according to Price.

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"It gets people excited about learning," said Sarah Allen, interim president of the school's PTA, of the event. "It's a great idea."

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"It exposes kids to things that are not specifically at grade level," Allen said. "Younger kids see what older kids are doing. It gives older kids the chance to explain to their parents things they are learning. Putting it in their own words, it cements what they are learning."

Allen realizes that families are pulled in many directions with various activities. She hopes that many will put the STEM fair first on April 21.

"It's a free event," Allen said. "It's something really cool that they are doing in school. I think that is really important."

"We have a whole family collaborative task to help parents see the types of open ended problem solving that our students need to be prepared to handle as we move into developing 21st century learners with the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards," Price wrote.

"Our goal is to engage everyone and continue to create the 'community center' feel that all schools hope to have," Price wrote.

As of April 17, there were 200 people who had sent in their RSVPs, and Price was hoping that number would grow by Tuesday.

The STEM fair will be held on April 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Lansdowne Elementary School, 2301 Alma Road.


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