Last school year, Alki Elementary PTA had to cancel an in-person science fair they had planned to host due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, they pivoted to use the National PTA STEM + Families Science Festival At Home program model, sponsored by Bayer Fund, to engage their families in STEM activities in a new way. The festival gave their community a sense of resilience and accomplishment and provided them a way to stay connected even while not being together in their school building. It also helped shift families’ perceptions about where and how learning takes place and what it looks like. Additionally, it allowed them to see so many of their community’s little faces on screen for the love of science, lots of laughter, lots of discussion and lots of community. #HowWePTA
Want to host your own program? National PTA also offers programs on reading, healthy hydration, the arts and more. The user-friendly materials make planning and hosting a breeze. Grow your PTA with engaging, educational and fun activities the whole family will love! Visit PTA.org/Programs to get started!