Students and parents work together at STEM Night

Sophia Sebeck, 10, of Maurertown, created a house of putty, popsicle sticks, straws and yarn to withstand a simulated earthquake for STEM Night. Photo by Kaley Toy/Daily

WOODSTOCK – Elementary school students showed off their hard work and scientific innovations at W.W. Robinson Elementary School’s STEM Night on Thursday.

The event, sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Organization, showcased the work students have completed in the science, technology, engineering and math fields throughout the school year.

Pam Kassis, family event coordinator with the PTO, said these were not recycled projects, but were instead new projects created by students at the schools that provided purposeful hands-on activities for kids to “solve and be creative.”

She said STEM Nights had been held in previous years, but this was the first time this event provided hands-on family activities that parents could enjoy as well.

Fourth grade teacher Cheryl Morgan told parents during a presentation prior to the activities that students were able to use the information learned in class and make it into something new through these projects.

Jacob Rush, 6, of Maurertown, plays with a bubblegum-themed golf course at STEM Night. Kaley Toy/Daily

“Appreciate all of the amazing things your kids are doing everyday,” she said.

“Things have changed since we were students,” she told parents about education, “and for the better.”

Eight stations were set up around the school with each grade having a classroom to demonstrate a particular activity, such as using magnets, creating catapults, building ramps, and creating an earthquake-proof house. Each room provided a chance for kids and parents to work together to create and learn from a project.

Sophia Sebeck, 10, a fifth grade student from Mauretown, created a house that withstood a simulated earthquake. The house was made of popsicle sticks, putty, straws and yarn.

Jacob Rush, 6, a first grader also from Maurertown, putted a ball down a bubblegum-themed golf course created by students in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com