Family STEAM Night
Communication Project for ELLs
Family STEAM Night: Behind the Scenes
S: Space Science on the ISS (me)
T: Robotics in Space (Sarah)
E: rocket redesign (Raul)
A: necessities of space including items that have been successfully grown on the ISS (Mike)
M: numbers in space (Michelle)
Other decisions made at the meeting:
- Event title: Reaching New Horizons: Family STEAM Night
- Date, time, and location of event: Monday, March 7th, 4-6 pm, our school's wrestling room
- I will make the flyers to hang up around school and send home with students
- Mike or Raul will translate the flyer to be sent home into Spanish
- Sarah will ask the science teachers to pass out flyers to each of their classes
- Sarah will ask to borrow robots from the gifted teacher
- Mike and Sarah will make a Google form survey in both English and Spanish for participants to fill out at the end of the event.
- Sarah will discuss event with Martha (our assistant principal) in order to get approval and PTO assistance
- Our goal for the event is to provide an event for families and students of all ages to engage in math and science learning.
Second Planning Meeting
Sarah, Michelle, and I met Friday, February 19th at 4:00 to discuss and finalize details for the event. Sarah updated us on her meeting with Martha. We made the following decisions:
- Time moved to 5:30-7:30 pm due to Spring sports practices letting out at 5:00/5:30
- We will serve dinner in order to bring in more people. Martha will coordinate dinner with the cafeteria staff. Possibly have hot dogs and chips
- In order to prevent families from just coming and getting food, we will have some type of punch card that students will have to get signed off by each station and then turn in at the food station in order to obtain the food.
- The food station will be in the atrium between the gyms.
- We drew up a layout of how we want to set up the wrestling room for the event.
- The exit survey should only have 5-6 questions with multiple choice answers.
- Have a prize drawing for participants, PTO will provide prizes
- We will have National Junior Honor Society members volunteer at the event
- Science: experiments on Earth vs in space
- Technology: robots, possibly make bristle bots
- Engineering: make and shoot off rockets using alka-seltzer
- Agriculture: packing activity on what to take to space
- Math: pattern block rockets, probability with rockets, graphing constellations
- Sarah met with Martha several times to finalize details for the event.
- Martha changed the dinner plans to pizza.
- Sarah emailed the head custodian with the furniture we would need for the event.
- Sarah emailed our school staff to invite them to come and to ask for volunteers (see photo below).
- I made the flyers and punch cards and copied and distributed them to the science teachers.
We posted this around school and sent home a copy in both English and Spanish with each student. Raul also passed out copies to his students since he's at a different school.
Punch Card Front
We had students put their name on the cards so we could use them for the prize drawings.
Punch Card Back
Families had to complete each station in order to get dinner.
Punch Card Front
When participants arrived they signed in, then proceeded to the wrestling room to visit the five stations. Participants moved around to each station at their pace, then headed to the art station, surveys, and dinner.
Wrestling Room Layout Overview
Science: Experiments in Space vs. on Earth
Students predicted what would happen when a wet washcloth is wrung out in space then watched a video to see the answer!
Participants estimated the number of drops of water the surface of a penny could hold, then tested their hypothesis.
Sink or Float
Participants predicted which orange, peeled or unpeeled, would sink and which would float, then tested their hypothesis.
Technology: Robots in Space
Students used iPads to control robots.
Participants connect their learning about robots to the functionality of the Mars Rover.
Robots and Rovers
Sarah talks robots and rovers with participants.
Engineering: Rocket Redesign
Students learn about the parts of rocket needed to make it fly.
Students work on building robots out of film canisters, paper, tape, and rubber bands.
A volunteer helps students add Alka-Seltzer and water to their rockets before launching them!
Agriculture: Veggies in Space
Agriculture in Space
Mike discusses vegetable choices with participants.
3 Veggies Max
Information posters help participants select their three veggies.
Participants read the information on the different vegetables before making their decision.
Math: Numbers in Space
More STEAM Fun!
Sarah and I had some fun at the photo booth before the event started.
Sarah found out about NASA sending artwork that reflects what it means to be an explorer to the asteroid Bennu on the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
A student's artwork submission
Pizza and drinks were located in the atrium outside the gyms.
Our assistant principal and a student served dinner and drinks to participants.
Students and families were checked-in by two of our great volunteers!