Scroggs Elementary Pulls out all the Stops for STEAM Night
"I liked STEAM Night because it had fun activities and lifted up my spirit to do those fun activities and cool experiments." To get a sense of how much Hannah Stang’s third grade students enjoyed the STEAM Night at Scroggs Elementary School (MSES) on April 11, you only need to “hear” their voices:
"There's nano-ice cream and robots!"
"You get to use your imagination to build and can do whatever is on your mind. There was slime and fossil digging and hovercraft and bubbles."
"The ice cream and slime! When I made the ice cream I felt happy because I got to see liquid nitrogen. The slime also made me feel happy because you can add any color and make it on your own."
"I really liked how there was so much science and a lot of things that were fun with science."
"STEAM Night was a fun and learning experiment. There were fun things like the bubbles and the slime making and fossil digging.”
"There was slime and we got to break boards at Tae Kwon Do. We got to see animals and I got to pet a snake.”
Staff and community members facilitated a wide variety of hands on sessions developed to inspire students now and into the future. Students learned about and engaged with polymers, robots, coding, chemistry, animals of North Carolina, geology, art and physics. They examined objects using a scanning electron microscope, and they used their brains to solve a variety of puzzles and challenges. “It is safe to say that this was an exciting and educational experience for all,” said Susan Kenny, science and math specialist.
Jeanette Dixon, fourth grade teacher, said, "My daughter, a high school student, was blown away by helping to make liquid nitrogen ice cream- 'Super Cool fun and yummy too!'"
Andrea Bittle, gifted education specialist, said, “The Scroggs STEAM night is amazing. Numerous community members (university scientists, business owners, museum staff, and school staff) facilitated hands-on and demonstration sessions for students and parents. I think the parents were as excited as the students! Any time we integrate content across subject areas we are adding rigor to student learning for all students. For example, students explored Dash Robots, programming them to draw geometric figures. The integration of math and technology made for a rich experience. The power of STEAM activities is that they are inquiry-based and open ended which encourage students to challenge their thinking and solve problems.”
As one third grade student said, "It's cool that you get to learn stuff and have fun at the same time."