Thurgood Marshall Elementary School PTA

February 20

Place: TMES All-Purpose Room
Date: February 20
Snowdate: February 27
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 in the APR



What is the TMES STEM EXPO?
STEM Night and EXPO is an event for TMES designed by the PTA in conjunction with the school to provide an opportunity for TMES students of all grades to explore their interests using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) outside of the classroom as an individual or small group. Students can either create an invention that works to solve a problem or present a more traditional research or experiment based science project. These projects will be displayed in the Gym on the evening of February 20th during the STEM EXPO. Students are encouraged to stand by their projects for a 15 minute block of time and talk about their projects or answer questions that the community may have. However, they won't want to miss the other EXPO activities which will be happening at the same time in the All Purpose Room! The PTA, along with the help of the STEM Committee, will be providing fun hands-on science activities and demonstrations for all TMES students who attend whether they have brought a project or not.
Are the projects for STEM Night judged or graded?
NO, the projects are not graded or judged. In fact, participation is not mandatory, but it is encouraged! The purpose of STEM Night is to give students an experience that builds a love for learning and one in which they can be proud to participate. All students will receive positive feedback from parents and teachers who view their projects, as well as a ribbon to thank them for their participation.

Web Resources:
Here are some examples of real student inventions:
Real Student Inventions
More Science experiment resources for kids:
Science Fair Project Ideas
Science Experiments
Public Library:
MCPL Science Project Resource Page
A simple search for “science projects” returns over a 1000 titles – the library is a great resource for finding a simple age-appropriate science project for your child!
Click here to do a sample search through MCPL!
Hint: Eliminate searching through the stacks and use the online catalog. Place a hold on the book you want – it will be delivered to your closest library and will be ready and waiting for you to pick it up!  You can also “look inside” many books on Amazon too to decide if it has what you’re looking for.
Other STEM opportunities
The Montgomery County Public Library also hosts many STEM events and activities that you can participate in: