Join us for a special Back to School Explorer STEM Saturday Challenge on August 22nd from 10 - 11 a.m. Just meet us at the track behind the school. We will explore our outdoor learning space. Water balloons and stomp rockets will be involved. So get ready to have a good time.
There are several places in Durham to visit.
*Duke Lemur Center: You need to call ahead first and make an appointment.
"Lemurs are native only to Madagascar. Just head to the Duke Lemur Center (DLC) where there are 250 individuals from 21 different species – the largest collection of lemurs anywhere in the world outside of Madagascar. That means that not only can you tour the center to see lemurs up close in one of the tours offered by appointment, but you can also join a research session to see how the scientists teach lemurs, shadow a lemur keeper for a day, or even paint with lemurs!"
*Museum of Life and Science
"The 84 acres that encompass the Museum of Life and Science are packed full of attractions that will let young ones (and the young one hiding in every adult) run wild. Includes one of the largest butterfly houses in the Southeast, with over 1,000 butterflies fluttering about. Other exhibits include Launch Lab, an interactive aerospace experience; a Play to Learn space for children under six; Dinosaur Trail with a fossil dig and replicas; Explore the Wild, housing live black bears, wolves, and lemurs; and an insectarium full of exotic insects from around the world. It’s hands-on learning fun for science lovers of all ages."
*Sarah P. Duke Gardens
"Duke Gardens is a stunning 55-acre public garden on the campus of Duke University and one of the premier university gardens in the country. Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014, Duke Gardens is open 365 days a year, free to all, and has earned top honors internationally. Among its many features are Italianate terraces, an Asiatic arboretum, a garden of native plants, a white garden, and a SITES-certified organic food garden. "
Did you know that you can observe airplanes taking off and landing at the Raleigh Durham Airport? There is a RDU observation deck. You can hear communication between the pilots and the tower. Kids can also spend time at the playground or picnic area. There are also educational materials to learn more about aviation. For more information, please go to:
Parks are a great destination for families. Kids can explore nature. Try a nature scavenger hunt. See which family member can complete the activity first. You can also work in teams: Parents versus kids. Who will win?
KES STEM Team
Our STEM Team includes teachers and parents.