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CPS Sparks Family Interest in Math and Science During STEM Nights

Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) is revolutionizing math and science education with the introduction of STEM Nights at select CPS schools. These engaging events aim to ignite curiosity and excitement among students and families about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Student and Teacher with RobotThe STEM Nights feature a variety of hands-on learning activities, each hosted by experts in their respective fields ranging from fossil digging to dazzling magnesium burn. CPS K-12 Science, P.E. and Health Curriculum Manager, Liz Wolf, even recruited the Newport Aquarium and Cincinnati Observatory to display community connections and future career pathways.  

“We want families to realize that science is everywhere,” said Liz Wolf. “It's not just a conversation, it’s tangible and doable for everybody.” 

To further enhance the excitement, the events include raffle prizes as rewards for families participating in the activities. Prizes range from slime kits to microscopes and chemistry sets, enticing attendees to fully engage with the STEM Night offerings.

The recent STEM Nights held at Kilgour School and Roselawn Condon School earlier this year drew an impressive crowd of more than 100 people each with both students and parents engaging in hands-on learning which mimics lessons taught in CPS classrooms.  

"These STEM Nights are not just about fun activities; they are about fostering a love for science and encouraging active engagement within our community," remarked Wolf. 

The STEM Nights initiative not only promotes community involvement but also underscores CPS's commitment to enhancing science education within its schools. As the world increasingly relies on STEM-related skills, initiatives like these play a crucial role in preparing students for success in the 21st-century workforce.

Wolf says this year’s events are just the beginning of a future expansion for years to come.