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La Grange

District 102 students put STEM projects on display

Alysa Herman worked on an eye dissection project for the STEM Expo hosted by La Grange School District 102 at Forest Road School in La Grange Park.
Alysa Herman worked on an eye dissection project for the STEM Expo hosted by La Grange School District 102 at Forest Road School in La Grange Park.

LA GRANGE PARK – La Grange School District 102 showcased science, technology, engineering and the creative talents of its kindergarten through sixth-grade students at its STEM Expo on March 2.

Running for more than 20 years, the STEM Expo allows students to express their ability to create and problem-solve through the exploration of a scientific concept.

Taking place at Forest Road School, this year’s STEM Expo had more than 165 projects by more than 200 students.

From bacteria growth in slime to energy efficient ways to run a home, STEM Expo 2019 proved to be a “great success,” said Virginia Hohl, lead teacher at the district’s Allen P. Zak Science Discovery Center.

“STEM gives kids a space to excel and show their work without being judged,” Hohl said. “There’s no competition, just one big expo and celebration.”

All students at STEM received a participation award and T-shirt. Students were assigned a 30-minute time slot in which they were required to present their project to an expo official and answer any questions at their table.

Regardless of their age or project, all the young exhibitors seemed to deliver fun and educational presentations to officials, parents and peers.

“All the students did a wonderful job sharing what they learned,” Hohl said. “I love watching the pride on their faces as they share their project and what they have learned.”

To learn more about the STEM concepts on display at the expo, visit the Allen P. Zak Science Discovery Center at 930 Barnsdale Road in La Grange Park.

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