KNE Challenge & STEM Night Update

It’s been a busy winter and spring at KNE! We built on last year’s momentum where close to 100 kids and adults took the KNE Challenge at our STEM Nights, STEM Talk, and other STEM-tastic events. Based on last year’s success with mentoring high school seniors to plan and organize fun, educational, community building events, we just finished working with 8 high school students on 2 STEM Nights at local elementary schools.

We were excited to do the inaugural STEM Night at a school last month. The KNE interns designed and planned 14 different activities and recruited close to 30 students to help at the event. The STEM Night also featured stations from the school’s teachers, parents, local groups, and even a paleontologist and entomologist (insect specialist) from the American Museum of Natural History. More than 150 elementary school students and their families enjoyed immersing themselves in animal dissections, dry ice experiments, binary bracelets, and more. Parents raved about the event.

One parent said, “STEM Night was a blast. Each station was so fun and engaging that the kids didn’t even notice they were learning in the process. The whole experience was made even better by the high school student volunteers who were great with the younger kids. My kids are already looking forward to next year.”

Another wrote, “One of the most wonderful things about STEM Night was that the children got immersed in learning from young adults who were not that much older than themselves. It brought complex topics like physics (hovercraft and paper airplanes), chemistry (slime making and dry ice activities), biology (dissections and live animals) and technology (lots of robots) all within reach of these young minds. STEM Night sparked the scientific imagination of children and parents alike as I think many left wanting to recreate these experiences at home. Most importantly, it was FUN and it’s OK to get a little messy.”

We just ran our second event at another elementary school (the second one we’ve done for them) with more than 40 student volunteers! We partnered with the same groups to bring the exciting world of science, technology, engineering, and math to at least 150 more elementary school students and their families.

The STEM Nights are a terrific way for families to learn and build a greater sense of community. Close to another 60 students took the KNE Challenge and earned our awesome KNE T-shirt. Some of the high school volunteers were disappointed that we’re not doing any more STEM Nights this spring.

Don’t worry, both of these schools have already asked us to come back next spring! If you’re trying to start a STEM Night at your school, feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to help you get started!

We’re hosting our first KNE STEM Talk on April 16th!

Exciting news! We’re hosting a KNE STEM Talk at the Port Washington Public Library on Saturday 4/16 from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. This event will be similar to a TED Talk, but with local kids presenting. Come see kids from elementary through high school share what gets them excited about STEM!

If you know a kid that wants to share their passion for STEM for 3-8 minutes, please email us at We will have rehearsals where adults and older students will coach kids on presenting in front of a live audience.

As a KNE Newsletter subscriber, we want you to be one of the first to know about this event. If you know anyone who might be interested, please feel free to forward them this announcement.

We hope you can join in the fun!

STEAM Fair Wrap Up

Families checking out the STEAM Fair

Thank you to everyone that came to the STEAM Fair! It was an incredible afternoon of science, creativity, innovation, and fun. The library was packed with attendance exceeding our expectations. Although we’re not sure about the overall numbers, it was definitely more than 500 people and could have actually reached 1,000 attendees. Continue reading “STEAM Fair Wrap Up”

Incredible Lineup for Our STEAM Fair on Sunday 10/25!

 See the Incredible Lineup for Our STEAM Fair on Sunday 10/25

10-25 STEAM Flyer Small ImageFirst, a big “Thank You” to everyone who volunteered to help make the Port Washington Public Library STEAM Fair a fantastic event!

We’ve finalized our incredible lineup for Sunday 10/25 (from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.). Children and their families will experience the amazing, fun, and powerful world of science, technology, engineering, art, and math with: Continue reading “Incredible Lineup for Our STEAM Fair on Sunday 10/25!”

Save the Date! We’re doing a STEAM Event on Sunday 10/25!

Exciting news! We’re working with the Port Washington Public Library on a STEAM event on Sunday 10/25 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Children and their families will experience the amazing, fun, and powerful world of science, technology, engineering, art, and math through hands-on activities and specimens.

So far our incredible line up includes: Continue reading “Save the Date! We’re doing a STEAM Event on Sunday 10/25!”

STEM Night

STEM_Night_mealwormsOur 8 year old asked her friend, “Did you try the cricket cookies? They’re delicious.” That was just one of the unusual options available in the Entomology Room at our elementary school’s first Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Night. There were samples of chocolate chip cookies and protein bars made with cricket flour as well as whole roasted meal worms for attendees to taste in a room filled with live and preserved insects and arachnids including tarantulas, scorpions, black widow spiders, Manduca caterpillars, and Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches. Continue reading “STEM Night”