Parents and students enjoyed science and math activities together Tuesday as Springer Elementary had its first STEM Night.
After being named one of 10 K20 STEM–Building STEM-Ready Elementary Schools in the state in the fall, Springer received a grant to increase student excitement for science, technology, engineering and math.
The grant has already been used for professional development for teachers and supplies for the hands-on activities learned.
STEM Night served as a culmination of the teachers’ work as they showcased a variety of activities for students and parents.
“Tonight is to get parents involved because parents need to take part in their children’s education,” said Principal Kim Raley.
The fingerprinting station was a particular favorite as students examined their print using ink and paper as well as a computer magnifier.
“I thought it was good to know if someone asks you,” said second-grader Seth Gardner.
The Noble Academy, an education program from the Noble Foundation, presented a station with liquid nitrogen.
“I didn’t know it would freeze like ice,” said kindergartner Sammy Gardner.
Scientists Dr. Frank Hardin and Cindy Crane made vanilla and chocolate ice cream by adding liquid nitrogen to ingredients measured by the students.
“It was pretty fun. The ice cream was my favorite part,” said fifth-grader Brayden Goodman. “I liked the taste, but it was weird. I thought it would freeze in my mouth.”
Several students enjoyed watching the smoky effect created by the liquid nitrogen.
“The ice cream was neat to watch,” said kindergartner Emily Lee.
Students also had a chance to study live worms, build a spaghetti tower, make tornadoes and Oobleck, shoot off pop rockets, roll marbles down a ramp and test the bouncy of objects.
“The worm was cool, but I didn’t like touching it,” said kindergartner Miranda Lee.
Parents appreciated the opportunity to spend time with their children doing experiments.
“I haven’t seen a science fair in a while, but this is neat because everyone gets to do them,” said parent Amanda Gardner. “Everyone gets to try different things. I liked the pop rockets and the worms were cool to play with.”
Parents were also given instructions on how to do many of the activities.
“We had a good time. It was neat to see teachers doing their stuff, and we got instructions for doing things at home,” said parent Stephanie Lee.