Being that I have an “inquisitive” nine-year-old child, I thought he would really enjoy the S.T.R.E.A.M. festival hosted by the college at the Oceanside campus. S.T.R.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Elementary and high schools from the district came together with the college to teach children that learning is crucial to innovation.
Every year I happen to be busy when this event rolls around, but this year I made sure to make time. Before I tell you about the fair, let me give you some background on my son.
My son is full of wonderment. He asks me why clouds float? How does the sun stay in the air? How do we not fall off the planet?
So what better way than to spark the imagination of my little ball of energy than by taking him to a science-based festival at my college?
At the booth we were given a MiraCosta College reusable grocery bag for all the goodies we would be collecting along with a map of the different zones, and a passport for my son to fill up and return for prizes.
He stopped by each table and did their experiments. He made slime, conducted electricity, pulled organs out of an anatomy model to learn their names, and dissected a cow’s eyeball.
I saw the wonderment in my son come out. I saw his mind racing as he saw the physics and chemistry experiments. And these students were able to give him the explanations he needed and related to my son.
“We know. We understand. There were classes I didn’t want to take when I was your age. But I promise you it gets better” or “You have to get through those classes to get to the cool stuff we do in college,” were some of the encouragements they gave him. They were all extremely supportive and motivational for my son.
The college hosts this event annually free of charge to inspire them to stay in school and get their higher education. It could even encourage a parent or family member.
The S.T.R.E.A.M. Festival did exactly that and my son knows now that there are cool classes he can look forward to.
The event was free, but the experience was priceless.
DEBBIE WHITE–Editor in Chief