Tumbling towers of toilet paper rolls, cantilevered domino diving boards, flying cotton balls from popsicle stick trebuchets – this was the scene at Westside Elementary School on the evening of Tuesday, April 25th as students and their families worked together on a variety of STEM challenges at Family Engineering Night.
Funded by an HRCEF Innovative Teaching Grant, HRVHS Biology teacher Kathryn Davis coordinated the event, assisted by HRV junior Brynnan Burns, who helped organize the evening for her Extended Application project, 20 HRV student volunteers and the Westside PTO.
Crystal Parmiter-Michaud reported that her first grader, Kaden Michaud, “…was so inspired by everything we did that we went home and researched online other projects we can do together at home. Now he wants me to sign him up for Lego robotics and maker camps.”
The show goes on the road in 2017-18, so keep an eye out for other Family Engineering Nights at your elementary school.