In the News: Kansas Corn STEM CornFest Really Popped!
The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center hosted an a-maize-ing day of corny fun at CornFest presented by Kansas Corn STEM on Saturday, August 13. More than 750 visitors picked up kernels of wisdom about the science of corn, created art with biodegradable packing peanuts made from corn, discovered corn products in a giant corn sensory bin, made corn germination necklaces, played with corn starch oobleck, and checked out the new corn patch in our garden. Local news media was on site to document to corny fun. It was a true cornucopia of fun and learning!
Kansas Corn STEM is an organization committed to building conversations about the science and technology involved in producing and utilizing corn. Kansas Corn STEM provides free lessons, supplies and professional development opportunities for teachers K-12. All lessons meet Next Generation Science Standards.
Three of the activities from their impressive library were demonstrated at CornFest: corn germination necklace, build a farm with biodegradable packing peanuts, and a sensory bin featuring corn products. The activities were engaging and fun for museum visitors and are available free for teachers, libraries, and other organizations serving youth.
The collaboration between Kansas Corn STEM and the Discovery Center is ongoing. The organizations collaborated to plant a corn patch in the museum's fruit and vegetable garden. The patch will continue to be a valuable resource to help children learn how corn grows.
The Discovery Center is a hands-on children’s museum with a mission to enhance the lives of children and enrich the communities it serves. Since opening in 2011 in Topeka, Kansas, the Discovery Center has become a special place where children can explore, create, discover and learn through play. The museum features over 15,000 square feet of indoor exhibits and a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom. Outreach programs bring quality, hands-on experiences into our community to inspire a lifelong love of learning for every child.
Thank you to Kansas Corn STEM for this a-maize-ing event!