Bring STEM Learning to Mt. Zion


STEM Festival

Saturday, June 1

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Mt. Zion Elementary School (map)

To show the community, students and teachers how fun and effective STEM learning can be, the school is hosting a STEM Festival on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This fair is loaded with action.  Kids will get to enjoy three different STEM-related activities like a laser maze, coding challenge, and a robot challenge. Several students will present results of recently completed STEM experiments and prizes will be awarded. There will be a bounce house, live music by Soulfully Creative Kids, and a DJ. The PTA plans to sell hot dogs, lemonade, popcorn, take-home chicken dinners and more. Special guests Sandy Tecklenburg and Sonya Stephens of ABC News 4 will be in attendance.



A hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education is not only proven to boost test scores and learning retention, but it also sets the foundation for future success in a STEM career.  STEM related jobs, like computer programming, informatics and engineering generate wages that average 93% above the national average wage, and roughly double the income of non-STEM occupations. Our students deserve these incredible opportunities!


It’s no surprise that students have more fun and better retain information when they are connecting circuits to build a robot, mixing vinegar and baking soda to explode a model volcano, and calculating the distance to catapult a ball. Hands-on learning is at the core of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program, and the concepts taught spur interest in the nation’s fastest growing and most lucrative career sectors.

This environment of real-world problem solving, collaboration, creativity and innovation is something Mt. Zion Elementary School hopes to implement for the benefit of all 280 students in the 2019-2020 school year. School leadership, the School Improvement Council (SIC) and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) are working together to raise funds to build an interactive STEM SmartLab and implement the powerful STEM curriculum and activities.

The STEM SmartLab and curriculum at the school is a roughly $160,000 start-up investment, yet the lessons will fuel student learning for years to come. Help us achieve this incredible education effort through your financial support.