Daisy Garcia-Montoya 
Education Reporter

Frontier Schools is gearing up for its upcoming annual KC STEM Fest. The one-day festival will take place at Union Station on Friday, March 1st where students, parents, educators and community members will gather to see student STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) oriented research and projects.

The festival, which first opened to the Kansas City community in 2017, serves as an opportunity for students to showcase their science projects while connecting with the community and other students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival took a three year hiatus before it could return in 2023. 

Now in its second year  since the hiatus, the festival is expected to have more participants and exhibits than the year before. In 2023, the number of student exhibitors reached 200 and this year the number is expected to go up. 

“This year we’ll have 370 student exhibitors and over 300 projects, with experiments ranging from bacterial analysis to our brand new solar-powered car,” said Director of Communications and Outreach for Frontier Schools Jennifer Watson. 

Student exhibitors range from elementary students to high school students and can be individual or group research and projects. Among the exhibits, there will be robotics, an art corner, volcanoes, a crime scene and many more. 

“Anything that you can think of that is science related is going to be on display,” Watson said. 

Students displaying exhibits for research and projects at the science fair provide an interactive experience, sharing background information on their projects as well as letting attendees do activities in relation to their exhibit. 

The event will kick off at 11am at Union Station and will end at 1pm. The event is family friendly and open to the general public. There is no cost to attend and is admission free. For more information visit: https://kcstemfest.org/