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Greenburgh Schools, Full STEAM Ahead!

The STEAM night event at Woodlands MHS was an absolute blast! Over 250 attendees joined in on the fun, including parents, younger students, and even siblings who haven't started school yet. The event was buzzing with excitement and energy, as everyone was eager to participate in the different activities. The main goal of the STEAM night was to engage with the community and involve parents, and it did just that! The department's dream of encouraging student volunteerism was also achieved. Students couldn't wait to get involved and showcase their skills. 

The Engineering Club at RJB, comprised of 5th and 6th graders, had numerous volunteers who demonstrated coding using small robots. Brendan, a 5th-grade student, confidently presented various variations of using light and sound. Other student volunteers from the club showcased video games they had created themselves through coding. Kelly Gillan, one of the event's organizers, said, "I think one of the best parts about this event is that so many stations are run by student volunteers. So we have students teaching students, which is a great example to set."

The High School Animal Care Club joined the event, inviting attendees to pet a rabbit and a bearded dragon while sharing information about the club and the science lessons aligned with caring for animals. The event also featured interactive stations such as the rainbow Strawbees and drawing. Ms. Frattarola, the teacher in charge of the Strawbees station, mentioned that a second-grader had been there for a long time, constantly reinventing what he was making, and eventually created a building by combining a house and a fort.

At the 'eclipse making station,' students used a cream-colored cookie and an Oreo to mimic the movements of the earth and sun during an eclipse. There were also many laptop stations for different coding demonstrations.

Christine, a parent with a first-grader and a preschool child, said, "I'm a scientist, and it's really important for me to introduce my children to science at a young age." Julian, a fifth-grader, said going to the engineering club was one of his favorite things to do. When asked if what he learned helped in other ways at school, he said, "Very much so! It helps me be more creative, think of new ways to do things, and work with a team."

Dr. Macaluso, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, & Personnel, shared, "STEAM night is a great demonstration of how our curriculum is becoming increasingly connected across subjects. This approach helps our students build essential skills like critical thinking and analysis." 

The STEAM night was an incredible opportunity for the entire community to come together in one place to celebrate the amazing worlds of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Students were able to showcase their talents and innovative ideas, and parents were thrilled to learn more about how the schools are preparing their children for the future. It was a night full of excitement, creativity, and endless possibilities. The energy in the room was electric, and everyone left feeling inspired and motivated to pursue their passions.