La Casita: 4th annual Science Fair


La Casita After-School Homework Program hosted its 4th Annual Science Fair, titled “Exploring Science Together” on April 29.

There was around 15 hands-on science stations for students to explore natural sciences, technology, engineering and more.

Over 90 students from La Casita and the Delaware Prevention Network After-School Program participated at the First State Community Action Agency Conference Center in Georgetown.

In the past, students learned how to conduct water quality tests, made Slime, created solar equipment, had an encounter with robotics, and even made their own catapults as they visited different stations during the mornings.  This year, students were making balloon cars, kaleidoscopes, ice cream, wind turbines and more.

A major purpose of this event is to help spark student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  Events like this one may lead to increased interest in studying sciences and even pursuing STEM careers.

In 2017, this event was sponsored by Familias Unidas de La Casita, First State Community Action Agency, Indian River School District, Girl Scouts of America, St Peters Episcopal Church ECW, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in Milford, Delaware Tech Owens Campus, Allison Castellanos, SANATOS, 4-H Clubs of Delaware, Boulevard Ford in Georgetown, State Farm Insurance Agent Hunter Emory, Georgetown Medical Associates, Rosa Clinic, and other community businesses.

Each year sponsors provide funding support for science supplies, door prizes, T-Shirts for each student participant & volunteers, and a snack station at the fair.  Other organizations develop and man hands-on science stations for the students.