Central School students and their families particpated in the school's first ever S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) night Sept. 27. According to PTO Vice President Carrie Rice, the evening featured Dia Brown, a UVM student doing a conductive paint demonstration, a NASA ambassador and Logic Supply provided demonstrations for kids, as well as a variety of interactive stations such as cardboard city, Imagination Playground, deconstructing electronic equipment, building the highest tower with cups/index cards, STEAM mural painting, and more.
In addition, this year's 2nd annual Fun Run (held Oct. 4th), was a fundraiser that went toward S.T.E.A.M. initiatives. Rice said, "We have replaced our Hands of Nature program with Wildflowers MakerTime. This is a parent volunteer program where we have an experienced MakerTime instructor teaching the parents at RMCS to bring this new program into the classroom. We also have a new Maker Cart that is filled with loose materials and fun STEAM activities. This can be checked out to be used in classrooms. The teachers are very excited for these two new programs!"
The MakerTime curriculum encourages creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. These lessons will be implemented in the K-4 classrooms and include balance and center of gravity (science), hydraulics (technology), air/wind power (engineering), capillary action (art), and symmetry (math).