On April 23, Kirkland Parks Foundation will be launching the KITE STEM Challenge, a Google-sponsored challenge between Lake Washington schools promoting STEM education and encouraging students to explore Kirkland parks. The challenge aims to show that STEM is for everyone and encourages anyone who might not normally get involved with STEM activities to sign up.
The challenge runs for three weeks. During that time students will have the opportunity to answer STEM-related questions on the KITE STEM Challenge app to earn entries towards winning up to $10,000 for STEM programming at their schools, as well as individual rewards. Students who answer questions on the app while in a Kirkland park will earn additional entries and even wrong answers are awarded points for effort.
The school prizes will be awarded to first through third place high school, middle and elementary schools in the Lake Washington School District. Google has contributed $40,000 towards STEM program awards for participating schools. The prizes range from $10,000 for the first-place High School to $1,000 for the third-place elementary school. Individual prizes include Pacific Science Center memberships and IMAX tickets, as well as Google swag.
Students and parents interested in participating can download the KITE STEM app from the app store on iOS or Android. The challenge will also include a kick-off event on April 29, 2018 at Feriton Spur Park and an awards ceremony on May 23, 2018 at Google’s Kirkland campus.