Meadow Glens hosted their second annual STEM Discovery Night presented by the School Family Community Partnership.

The event featured more than 30 local science and technology businesses and organizations, providing a hands-on introduction to the world of STEM.

“I really like how sometimes it doesn’t work, except then you try again, and you keep on trying and there’s always new creations that you can figure out,” said Emily Lindstrom, a fifth grade student at Meadow Glens Elementary School.

Presenters included Naperville North’s robotics team, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab and the Naperville Astronomy Association.

“Astronomy is a combination of math, science and involves engineering as well. So it’s literally a perfect subject to learn, either the math for, whether you’re calculating the radius of a black hole or if you’re just trying to explain to kids how far away Jupiter is, you have to use math,” said Jim Hopkins, President of the Naperville Astronomical Association.

With hundreds in attendance, students were able to extend their learning beyond the classroom.

“I think that the beauty of this is just that exposure. As much as we do in teaching science and technology, very little engineering, but pieces of engineering and math, they’re being exposed to a plethora of different ideas,” said Katy Lynch, Principal of Meadow Glens Elementary School.

The Naperville North GEMS, or Girl Engineers, Mathematicians and Scientists will have their fourth annual Youth Scientists Fair on April 29.

Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.

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