With its mission of providing safer living and working environments for people everywhere through the application of safety and environmental sciences and hazard-based safety engineering, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) was looking for a way to inspire a passion for STEM education at a young age while elevating the importance of the safety behind science.
Through a partnership with School Family Media, UL encouraged students to become STEM leaders through Family Science Night—a high-touch, grassroots school community event. Organized by school PTO and PTA groups, these experiential events foster parent involvement in education (which is linked to higher rates of school success*) and spark an interest in science outside the classroom. The Family Science Night program provides a solution that powers hands-on, cross-generational STEM learning in a fun way. The science experiments are easily scalable for 200-plus people, allowing kids to explore science in a safe environment. Provided at no cost to schools, the program provides leaders who request the cobranded planning kit with everything to organize, promote, and host a Family Science Night, including instructions and supply lists for 25 activities that focus on core subject areas. Developed collaboratively by UL’s education team and SFM’s content team, all activities adhere to curriculum standards, are fully tested for safety, and appeal to a wide range of ages.
SFM and UL have brought Family Science Night to more than 28,750 K-8 schools and more than 4 million parents and children since 2012. 728,312 parents and children attended 5,138 Family Science Nights in 2018 (4,736,678 attendees at 28,750 school events since program launch). There have been 45,412,507 total impressions since program inception, keeping UL’s name and mission consistently in front of community leaders.
PTO and PTA leaders and parents who attend the events complete surveys and share photos and videos from their event in their school community social channels. Of those who complete surveys:
• 88% of parents have seen an increase in their kids talking about science
• 98% of parents enjoyed experiencing their child’s school as a place of STEM learning and fun
Family Science Nights
parents and children
Gaston Elementary, Beloit, Wis.
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#holcombelementary PTA is sponsoring an upcoming #sciencenight - Mark your calendar to attend Science Night at Holcomb Elementary School on Thursday, January 24th from 6:30-7:30pm. The 3rd and 4th grade Science Projects will be up for viewing along with some science demonstrations. There will also be door prize drawings for those in attendance. #holcombhornets #sciencenightfun
Had an awesome time at Livingston Elementary School Science Night! #sciencenightfun pic.twitter.com/YKq2Z5pirF— Crissy Dudgeon (@scientifichick) January 27, 2018
Cell-fie station station set up for Science Night Expo. @eastwayeagles @shayla_holeman @pto #sciencenightfun #science #pto #family #community #familyengagement pic.twitter.com/rAEJyv1ra8— Tracey Lockhart (@MsL_AP) April 13, 2018
We made a parachute! #ScienceNightFun at Rural Hall School #BulldogsLoveScience #wsfcs pic.twitter.com/UolAaww2Ed— Rural Hall Elem Sch (@RuralHallSchool) April 19, 2018