Moving Full STEAM Ahead

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It was an evening of exploration and investigation as students in grades K-8 attended the annual STEAM Night, held at Elwood Middle School on Jan. 18. This year’s theme, Around the World and Through Time, encouraged participants to use their science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics skills to engage in activities that tied in with international culture and diversity.

STEAM is an instructional approach that employs science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics to guide students in dialogue, critical-thinking, problem solving, collaboration and inquiry.

Technology Instructional Specialist Krista Albrecht explained that the goal of the evening was to expose students to various types of science and technology activities, while emphasizing the importance of being kind to the Earth through recycling. “We also wanted to host activities with origins that expand the globe, emphasizing diversity and culture,” Albrecht said.

Teacher Pam Fine, who collaborated with Albrecht and Director of Math, Science and Technology Eileen Kelly-Gorman in hosting the program, noted that high school student council helpers volunteered their time to run games in the game room section that connected to their own cultures. Students received a passport to write down facts about each of the countries’ games played. Other activities included African basket weaving, the crafting of instruments, various architectural activities, the study of well water and more.

“STEAM night was a great success, thanks to our teachers and high school students who volunteered their time to run sessions, the community organizations who helped sponsor the event, and the families who participated,” Kelly-Gorman said. “We love to see parents and students learning together and trying new things.”