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John F. Kennedy Elementary hosts inaugural Family STEM Night

January 18, 2024


JFK Family STEM night photo collage

John F. Kennedy Elementary hosted its first-ever Family STEM Night on Monday, Jan. 8. More than 400 students and their families explored 17 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related learning experiences. 

STEM experiences available to students and their families included the StarLab (a portable, inflatable planetarium), Indigenous Technologies, dinosaurs and fossils, engineering, robotics, virtual reality and biology. 

Lakeville South High School students provided chemistry activities, robot explorations, microscope opportunities and virtual reality experiences through VR goggles.

JFK students and their families had a wonderful time at Family STEM Night. Here are a few things parents/guardians mentioned about the event:

  • “We enjoyed being able to check out a wide variety of activities in one place.”
  • “I loved seeing my 4th grader’s mind at work!”
  • “There were so many activities and it looked like A LOT of time and effort was put forth.”
  • “It was a lot of fun and good for kids to be exposed to more STEM opportunities.”
  • “The kids are still talking about it and how much fun they had!”

Thank you to the following supporters who helped make this event a reality:

  • JFK’s Parent Teacher Organization
  • The Works Museum–an interactive engineering and design museum
  • The district’s Equity Services Department
  • Anna Pfaffendorf – JFK STEM teacher and Family STEM Night coordinator
  • Dan Rawley – LSHS STEM teacher and Family STEM Night coordinator
  • Aimée Gish-Meier – Lakeville Area Schools American Indian School Success Liaison
  • Staff, student and parent volunteers