(The following press release was submitted by the Wentzville School District.)
Students at Discovery Ridge Elementary participated in the third annual Discovery Days during the week of September 17-21.
The event, conceived by faculty members before construction of the new elementary school was completed in 2010, focuses on discovery in the physical world.
“Discovery Days provides real-life learning opportunities through which students become excited about science and technology and potential careers in those fields,” said Discovery Ridge Principal Laura Bates. “We are grateful for the support of community businesses and organizations with which students interact during this event.”
The week includes daily themes, buddy activities, and a science-enriched curriculum. “I like that we get to look through the telescopes and look at the sun, we get to learn about science, space, and weather,” said fourth grader Brianna Mills. “Discovery Days are fun and we learn a lot!”
On Friday the week culminated with activities including solar scope viewing with the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri, and a Monsanto outreach program on sound and light. Boeing engineers thrilled the students by bringing out their autonomous vehicle and providing a robotics demonstration, but it was the fighter jet pilots who commanded the youngsters’ attention as they told them what it was like to fly an F/A-18 Super Hornet built right here in St. Louis.
“We wanted to be a part of this event and to introduce elementary school students to the exciting careers they could choose from in the future if they apply themselves in school,” said Jennifer Prose with Boeing’s Education Relations team.
Afternoon events included presentations from the Magic House and the St. Louis Science Center. The celebration concluded Friday night with a dinner and hayride followed by an astronomy viewing at Brommelsiek Park in Wentzville.