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To see parents and their children immersed in exploring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) investigations does my heart good. I recently conducted a one hour engineering night for a local Title I elementary school. Approximately 100 K-5 students and their parents attended the event. I started off the evening with a brief overview of the benefits of incorporating STEM practices and content within the home and classroom including discussing the engineering design process. Participants were given a brief overview of the 10 STEM-based exploration centers that were set-up around the perimeter of the room. The STEM centers were under the direction of K-5 teachers and administrators from the school.

I chose STEM centers with investigations and challenges that would be meaningful and manageable within an hour time frame they included:

  • Ramp Science
  • Building 3 Dimensional Structures with Readily Available Materials
  • Mini Engineering Building Design Challenges
  • Block Building
  • littleBits
  • Squishy Circuits
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Connecting Geometry and Architecture Concepts
  • Connecting Seed Dispersal to Aviation Concepts
  • Coding

Additionally, I had a table set-up in the front of the room with STEM-based children’s literature and parent and teacher resource books for the participants to look at during the session.

The event was a total success. Everyone was thoroughly immersed in exploring STEM practices and content throughout the evening. The beauty and power of incorporating STEM practices (21st century skills) and content within our daily lives was evident. The importance of providing opportunities for students to develop and strengthen their 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration) within the home and classroom was seen in “real time”.

A big thank you goes out to Brenda Russell for helping to organize the event, and all the teachers and administrators that helped to make the event a success. The following pictures were taken during the Family Engineering Night. To schedule STEM, MakerEd, NGSS teacher training workshops and keynotes with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski contact her via the contact page on this site.

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Twenty-three families recently attended a STEM Family Science Night hosted by Marion Charter School. Families were introduced to STEM practices and content via conducting hands-on-minds-on investigations to explore STEM content. We began the two-hour session with introducing parents and children to reflective journaling and the Engineering Design Process. The first hands-on STEM exploration was making observations and analyzing a Pill Bug. Parents asked their children to describe the Pill Bug, and ask questions about the Pill Bug. Children were also asked to draw the Pill Bug, measure it, and record their questions in a reflective journal format. Additional STEM investigations included:

Exploring force, motion, and energy concepts;

Aeronautics;

Math, architecture, and geometry concepts;

Materials science;

Nature of matter;

and reverse engineering.

It’s fantastic to see parents and children exploring STEM practices and content together in an informal learning environment. The following photos were taken during the STEM Family Science Night held at Marion Charter School. For more information about STEM teacher training workshops  and STEM Family Science workshops Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski conducts nation and worldwide, contact her via this website.

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