During an evening designed to give families a chance to work side-by-side with their children, Hands on Science Night challenged participants to complete a task in an organized classroom-like setting.
“I focus on the STEAM standards (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) to give parents a chance to see how science is being taught in classrooms and what the expectations are with the new standards,” Pieter B. Coeymans Curriculum Content Specialist, Tony Linter said.
This year, the challenge was all about rockets. Students and families were to develop a plan and then create a rocket out of 1/4 plastic tubing or 1/2 pipe wrapping. They were given a variety of items that they could choose to use to create the rocket. Once rockets were completed, students and families tested them on the launching ramps, large slingshots designed by Linter.
“It was a fantastic event and well attended with somewhere around 80-100 people,” Linter said. “It was so nice to see the community come out and take advantage of the after school programs and events that we are providing for them.”
After families finished their rockets, they were able to take a look at work on display at the fourth grade Science Fair. Around 20 students created projects and had them displayed in the hallway for all to see, read and learn about. Projects included balloon hovercrafts, slime and gravity experiments.
The evening was organized by Linter, Linda Boehm, Marilyn Mulderry, and Denis Topliffe.