Neighbors | Zack Shively.Families went to Glenwood Junior High School on Jan. 18 for their STEAM night where they could do activities together. Pictured, a mother and son created suminagashi artworks using ink that floats in water.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Boardman Robotics Team had a meeting during the Family STEAM Night, which allowed for families to learn about the team and organization.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.In the art room, families could do multiple activities at the STEAM night, such as make origami figures. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.Families could use the technology department's 3D printer during the night. They used the computer to design objects for the printer to create.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.The science department at Glenwood Junior High School showed families their hydroponic and aquaponic systems. They had a taste test of Parris Island romaine lettuce, kale, holy green basil, lemon basil, large leaf Italian basil, and dark opal basil, which they grow at the school.
By ZACK SHIVELY
Glenwood Junior High School hosted a Family STEAM Night on Jan. 18 for families to see some of the hands-on activities that the students do at the school.
The activities took place after school in the art room, technology room and in the science hallway. The activities revolved around science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
Art teacher Chelsea Wisbar and technology teacher Tim Harker came up with the idea while deciding on projects for Wisbar’s Resident Educator Summative Assessment in the Ohio Department of Education’s Resident Educator program.
Wisbar said she wanted to create a sense of community with the night. The night allowed for the parents to meet with her, but she also said that she was excited to meet with parents as well. She has a group of students for nine weeks throughout the year, so she has more than 400 students in a single school year. She felt the night would give her an opportunity to have a stronger relationship between herself, the students and the families.
Harker had families use laptops to design objects using the school’s 3D printers. He said he has unit on 3D printing in class and uses them with his maker’s club at the school. He had examples of objects displayed, such as a small 3D version of Ohio.
“We’re always trying to reach out to the community,” said principal Bart Smith. He said the school tries to increase the amount of STEAM activities they do throughout the day since it has helped students learn. He said the best part of the night is having students bring their parents to the school to show them what they are learning. The night allows for families to see what the school does and for students to teach their parents something, such as using the CAD to create a 3D object.
Science teachers Laura Frost and Scott Lenhart presented the hydroponic and aquaponic systems the science department uses. Both seventh- and eighth-grade students work with the systems, where they grow lettuce and other vegetables, which are occasionally used in the cafeteria’s lunches. They set up a taste test for families to decide what plants taste the best. This included greens such as kale, lemon basil and Parris Island romaine lettuce.
Wisbar also set up a number of stations in her room. Families could do origami together or a string craft that used geometry to make an interesting design. Wisbar had a suminagashi station where families created a painting using ink that floats on water.
The families could learn about persistence of vision using a thaumatrope. Wisbar had an example of a thaumatrope out where one spins a string connected to a piece of paper that flips to look like a basketball is going through a hoop. However, the basketball and the hoop are on opposite sides of the paper.
Wisbar said she firmly believes that “positive words bring positive actions.” She had two stations that demonstrated this motto. She had a station where parents wrote down a wish for their child’s future and attached it to a mobile that will hang in the art room. Families could also make a geometric wall painting using masking tape and write positive quotes on the canvas. She called the station the “Positive Vibes Canvas Painting.”
The robotics team had their meeting during the night, allowing for families to learn about what they do. They build and program robots to compete at YSU, write daily and technical journals and give speeches about their research and experience working on the robot. This year’s competition theme is “Mission to Mars,” so the students will be making robots that resemble and work similar to Mars rovers.
The team began at the beginning of December and their year will end in March. The students said that they have learned about programming, robotics, teamwork and presentation skills through the program.
The school has never done the Family STEAM Night before this year, but they look forward to continuing the program in the future. Wisbar had feedback sheets in her room for families to give opinions on how to improve the night moving forward.