Gess students build, take flight and even make some goo…
From making slime, creating catapults, designing hand gliders and many other activities, STEM Night at Gess Elementary last Thursday had the creative minds of students working hard.
“There was a great turnout,” said sixth grade Gess Elementary teacher Barry Warren. “Many volunteers stayed after school to help and participate. Families came together and had fun learning and creating together. A highlight for me was to see the staff, students and families having fun together.”
Put on by Gess staff, the goal of the evening was to provide families and students in the community an opportunity to participate in hands-on STEM activities. They also had fun and learned something along the way.
“The long-term goal is to ignite interest in STEM career opportunities,” Warren said.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has become a bigger part of the education students have been receiving as the workforce seems to be getting into higher-tech fields.
Gess teachers and paraprofessionals for grades 3-6, the school’s reading specialist, AmeriCorps volunteers, kitchen staff, custodians, high school CTE teacher and high school student volunteers were involved in the planning and implementation of the night.
“We met several times to plan, create posters, write letters and gather all the materials,” Warren said.
Parents were given a survey at the end of the night, and Warren said feedback was positive along with several suggestions on how to expand the night next year.
“The students seemed happy to engineer catapults, landing devices, participate in Science mad libs and create some slime with teachers and family members,” Warren said.
The Gess staff wanted to thank the parents and guardians who came out and participated along with Principal Julie Price for giving them the opportunity to create this event.
“I would like to thank the staff who put in extra hours and went above and beyond the call of their duties to make the Family STEM night a success,” Warren said. “The Chewelah School District has an amazing staff that works hard to ensure that every child is given an excellent opportunity to learn in and out of the classroom.”
Parents who did not fill out the survey for STEM night can contact the school if they have suggestions for next year’s event. The Science and Social Studies Fair is also coming up for the elementary school on March 21.