Trillium Creek holds Family STEM Night to promote science, tech learning

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Kindergartener Chase Herbert has fun with the parachute he constructed with his dad, Brad Herbert.Students at Trillium Creek Primary School had the chance to bring their parents to school for a fun event Jan. 16, when the school’s PTO sponsored its second annual Family STEM Night.

The focus was on fun — with well-disguised lessons in science, technology, engineering and math learning — as the students and their families built parachutes, flew whirlybirds, blew bubbles and more.

All the activities were appropriate for all ages, and it would be difficult to say whether the kids or their parents were having the most fun. Event organizers planned it that way.

“We’re hoping that parents are going to be involved with their children, doing the activities as a family,” said organizer Kate Donegan. “Part of it is inquiry and explanation with their family.”

The event is the kickoff to the school’s science fair, which will be held Feb. 26.

“The majority of students are doing those (science fair projects) outside of school, with parent support. We’re trying to get ideas going and get enthusiasm building,” Donegan said.

Organizers and school administrators had a larger goal in mind too.

“It’s about 21st century skills,” Donegan said. “Those are the things we need to prepare our students for success.”by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Dave and Emma Huberty work on making a parachute TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Noelle Fels helps Kara Steinberg with computer programmingby: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Third-grader Kael Loun blows giant bubbles at Trillium's Family STEM night Jan. 16.
By Kate Hoots
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