There is so much going on in the world, as a parent it can be dizzying. What is certain is that our children will be the next to solve issues dealing with health, space, agriculture, weather and oceans. The one thing that touches all of them – energy. One thing is for certain, they will all require a foundation in STEM education. So, are you ready to spark your child’s interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at Energy Day Colorado.
Energy Day is a free family festival on Saturday, September 25th that consists of interactive demonstrations that familiarize young students with all sorts of energy to get them excited about STEM education and possibly a future career path. The exhibits feature everything from hands-on demonstrations where students and families can see how energy processes work, to small experiments and even large-scale installations.
Events such as Energy Day “really drive the point (of the importance of STEM) home and support young people” says an attendee of Energy Day Colorado 2019. Another attendee notes “It is amazing to see a child’s face light up as a windmill powers enough energy to turn a light bulb on, or pedaling a bicycle fast enough to mix a slushy”. Volunteers and attendees alike see the value of educating children at an early age and throughout all education levels. With so many jobs hinging on early childhood development and STEM education it is important to get kids exposed early at events like this to help create or even sustain that interest throughout their later academic careers.
The mission of Energy Day stems from the decrease in employment of STEM-related workers as technology continues to advance each day. While the gap is decreasing, there is a disconnect between what STEM is and the actual adoption of these skills to build upon careers. STEM is the pathway to the future, and once we get kids to understand this concept they become unstoppable.
Attendees of the event range from K-12 students and teachers to top energy industry leaders in the surrounding Colorado area. Energy Day also incorporates the Energy Day Colorado Academic Program, which is a year-round initiative that engages students’ interests in energy and STEM education. The Energy Day Academic Program amplifies current and existing academic competitions, encouraging students to take their work to the next level and rewarding them for their accomplishments. Often, these awards help the next generation of students. To date, the Colorado Academic Program has awarded over $145,000 in monetary prizes to students and educators in the Colorado area. Will your child be the recipient of the next EDAP Award?
Consumer Energy Education Foundation in conjunction with Consumer Energy Alliance hope that with the support of the surrounding schools and the Colorado energy industry, that families and students who attend Energy Day Colorado will learn something new and develop a deep interest in STEM education. Join us on Saturday, September 25th from 11 am to 4 pm at Denver East High School. Watch your child have a lightbulb moment in front of your very eyes as they discover the opportunities that STEM has to offer.