Grand View School recently held its second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Family Night, where over 200 parents and students were able to participate in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics hands-on activities.
Upon entering the activity room, students received a Passport to visit the various projects available. Younger students could be found on the floor, manipulating tangram blocks to fit pre-determined shapes, while the older ones explored soundwaves, robot obstacle courses, and a life-size operation game. Students worked at stations dealing with the load-bearing properties of spaghetti and the cleansing abilities of salt and vinegar. They were encouraged to get messy while making bouncy balls and "shocked" to learn how an electric current moves through the human body.
Northeastern State University was well-represented, as Dr. Joseph Ahlander, Dr. Sallie Ruskoski, and Darrel Linde, professor of mathematics, brought projects dealing with fruit flies, antibodies, and the guessing of birthday dates.
"Graphs, charts, and tables have their place. However, we seem to have strayed from some of the inspirational aspects that pull kids into science," said Grand View Science Teacher Brett Bryant. "Events like our STEM Night help tremendously."
At the end of the event, all participating students exchanged their Passport for a prize goodie bag.
"Our faculty was great and we couldn't have asked for a better group of student volunteers," said Margaret Carlile, federal programs director.