Category: Families

Benton STEM Video!

Benton STEM Elementary has a new promotional video!  Check out what makes Benton STEM such an awesome learning environment for your students.  You’ll see students at work, interviews with faculty, and some student interviews as well.  This video really captures the essence of Benton, and we hope you can see how proud we are of the work we’re doing here!

Many thanks go to Brian Jackson for putting this together!

Earth Month Clothing Drive

Hi friends, family, and supporters!

April is Earth Month, so, in the spirit of recycling, we’re participating in a clothing drive.  What’s cool is that this can earn us big money for our school — up to $1,000!  All we have to do is put our gently-used clothing in the USAgain clothing bin located outside the school on Ripley.

Read more details here.

Please join us in supporting a great cause and helping our school!

1st Annual Science Fair!

Benton STEM Elementary would like to invite the community to attend the 1st Annual Benton STEM Science Fair.  Students from around the Columbia area will be sharing their experiences as scientists by presenting their science projects and findings.  The schedule for that day and directions to the school can be found below.


8:00 – 8:30        Check-In and Set-up in Gym

8:30 – 9:30        Display Viewing & Judging in Gym (viewing is open to public, families, and guests)

9:30 – 11:00      Presentation Scoring in Gym & Journal Scoring (Only presenting students allowed in gym)

11:00 – 11:30    Scoring Tabulation

11:30 – 12:00    Awards & Recognition


A map of the school’s location is attached to this email.  You can also find the google maps page here.  If you have any questions before Saturday, please contact the Benton office at 573-214-3610.

Here’s the official flyer.  Feel free to pass it along!

To request more information, reserve a spot, and to register please contact:

Dr. Heather McCullar, STEM Specialist

Pi Day, 2014!

March 14th is Pi Day (3.14)!  We have a tradition here at Benton STEM of holding an assembly and seeing how many digits of pi we can recite.  All grades participated — even kindergartners were able to name off fourteen digits!


Fifth grader Takashi rattled off the most.  He recalled 141 digits!  His brother  Taichi listed the second most digits with 131.  Check out the video below to see Takashi’s recitation.

After the recitations, another tradition we have is to smash pies into the faces of some of our teachers (i.e. the ones who deserve it the most!).  Here’s a video of the teachers getting pied!

Click here to see some footage of last year’s Pi Day!

Summer Engineering Camp!

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Benton STEM’s second annual Summer Engineering Camp is on the horizon!  This year we’re calling it “Field of Schemes: If You Build It, They Will Come.”  You can sign up today!  See below for details.

Dates: July 14th-18th

Times: 1:00-4:00 Daily

Fee: $110

Enrollment: Limited to first 100 students who register

Registration: Click here to go to the registration form.  Registration is open March 3rd-June 30th or when max enrollment is reached (100 students)

Grades/Ages: For students entering grades 1-5 in the 2014-15 school year (ages 6-11)

Focus: This summer, students will learn about engineers who build structures, such as civil and architectural engineers.  Students will design and build their own structures out of a variety of materials, including the use of our 3D printer.

Please direct inquiries to:
Benton STEM Elementary
1410 Hinkson Ave
Columbia, MO 65201