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;
Math, architecture, and geometry concepts;
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.