Empowering Curiosity: Hausner's STEM and Maker Fair Inspires Inquiry and Discovery

Empowering Curiosity: Hausner's STEM and Maker Fair Inspires Inquiry and Discovery
Jody Passanisi, Director of Upper School


This past Tuesday, Hausner staff and faculty had a professional development day. Among many learning experiences, we started off looking at this quote by John Dewey, the incomparable educational thought leader. 

“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”

Hausner’s STEM and Maker Fair does just that. Putting students at the forefront of inquiry-based learning, our students across both the Upper and Lower Schools are putting the finishing touches on their STEM Fair projects–projects designed to give the students the opportunity to iterate, approach with curiosity, and explore the world around them.

This annual event allows students to showcase their projects and ideas related to science, technology, engineering, and math. It's a chance for them to explore their interests, get creative, and apply what they've learned in the classroom to real-world situations. 

This year, as every year, our students in grades 6-8—either individually, in pairs, or trios—have chosen either a science or engineering project to explore. The students will present and showcase these projects to judges from the STEM fields who can offer meaningful feedback and even suggestions for the next steps. Our fifth graders have been iterating egg-lander designs to protect an egg being dropped from the roof of the school; they will get to live test their designs at the STEM Fair.

This year, our lower school students will showcase their projects in person, too. Each grade level has been working collaboratively on a science project or engineering project to share at the Fair including building a chair for a baby bear, coding, making and testing seedballs, designing a Mars rover, and exploring drought and water use topics. 

We want to foster a love for STEM subjects and encourage our students to pursue careers in these fields. We believe that we can ignite their passion for science and technology by providing them with opportunities to engage in hands-on activities and project-based learning. The fair also helps to develop their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. 

Participating in the STEM and Maker Fair allows students to develop important skills such as teamwork, communication, and perseverance. It's a chance for them to gain confidence in their abilities and showcase their creativity. Plus, they get to share their projects with their friends, family, and the wider school community, which is not only exciting but also a great way to build connections and inspire others.

Some students from Hausner will move on to the Synopsys Science and Technology Championship for Santa Clara County In the past we’ve had students and teachers earn awards at the county, state, and national levels. The ratio of students from Haunser who earn awards is a high proportion when compared to the amount of students we have in our school. We are incredibly proud of all the students!

Stay curious and we will see you at the STEM Fair!
 

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