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Kids Science and Engineering Day: Inspiring Young Minds through Fun and Learning

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at WSU chapter.

For the 15th consecutive year, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Washington State University (WSU) hosted Kids Science and Engineering Day (KSED), an event that captivates young imaginations and fosters a love for science and engineering. This year, on Saturday, March 30th, over 250 students from grades K-5, along with their parents, came to the WSU campus to participate in a day filled with engaging activities and hands-on learning experiences. KSED offers a platform for children to explore basic science and engineering principles in a fun and interactive manner. Through partnerships with various organizations across the WSU community, including numerous clubs, the event has many activities designed to pique the interest of young learners.

One of the highlights of this year’s KSED was the collaboration with sponsors and partner organizations. ASWSU, SEL: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, and University Tees generously supported the event.

Among the 40 participating clubs, each offering unique activities, SEL: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories showcased block circuits and basic circuits, providing children with hands-on experience in circuitry and electrical engineering. Additionally, the Palouse RoboSub Club had a remote-control submersible robot, allowing young enthusiasts to explore the wonders of underwater technology.

Rylee Gannon, the Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers at WSU, is in charge of planning KSED. She is responsible for overseeing various committees and preparations and started preparation for KSED a year in advance. Her dedication and effort ensured that every aspect of Kids Science and Engineering Day was thoughtfully organized and engaging for all the attendees.

One of Gannon’s favorite parts of KSED this year was when WSU’s mascot Butch made an appearance at the event. Butch’s enthusiastic participation in activities alongside the children added extra joy and excitement to the event.

Looking ahead, SWE has ambitions to expand KSED’s reach and marketing to have even more attendees in the future. With a commitment to making STEM education accessible and enjoyable for all, the Society of Women Engineers wants to continue inspiring the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.

As Kids Science and Engineering Day continues in the coming years, it serves as an example of the power of collaboration, passion, and education in shaping the future of STEM. Events like KSED show the importance of introducing kids to science and engineering concepts in a fun and engaging way, inspiring a lifelong passion for STEM fields.

Haley is a writer at the Her Campus Washington State University chapter. She’s excited to be a part of the Her Campus team and write articles. Haley is currently a sophomore majoring in computer science at WSU. Along with Her Campus, she is involved in a multitude of other clubs and organizations across campus. She serves as the project lead for Engineers Without Borders and SWEster chair for Society of Women Engineers. She is also a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. In her free time, Haley enjoys hiking, thrifting, and spending time with friends and family. She also loves listening to music, with some of her favorite artists being Fleetwood Mac and Tyler the Creator.