The March 2 event drew between 400 to 500 people to a program featuring everything from owl pellet dissection to making 'Oobleck'

COURTESY OF DURHAM ELEMENTARY - Durham second grader, Sophia experiencing Oblick.Between 400 to 500 students, parents and friends packed into Durham Elementary School March 2 for the school's annual STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Mathmatics) night.

The hugely popular event was organized by teachers Nikole Emerson and Anna Southards. 

"Our Family STEAM evening has grown in size and popularity over the past three years that Nikole and Anna have been leading this," said Durham Principal Rhett Boudreau. "They are amazing teacher leaders who take this on because of their passion for science and the love of their students."

COURTESY OF DURHAM ELEMENTARY - Durham teacher Judy Walker with fifth-graders  Eugene, Zyon and Noah about refracted light during the annual STEAM night held March 2 at Durham Elementary School.Boudreau said the event is so popular, the school sends buses to nearby apartment complexes to ensure students and parents without transportation attend.

In addition, more than 25 Durham staff members and more than 20 parent/student volunteers helped with manning the various stations.

The evening's activities included everything from owl pellet dissection to making Oobleck, the fictional green substance from Dr. Seuss' "Bartholomew and the Oobleck."

COURTESY OF DURHAM ELEMENTARY - Mr. Hancock, coach of the Tigard High School Tech Team (which is named 3965 Twisted Metal), shows Julio, a fifth-grader, the ropes in working a robot.However, Emerson, who teaches kindergarten at the school, pointed out that the annual "egg drop" is always the highlight of the evening.   

"Just as our event has grown over the years, the egg drop has gotten grander," she said. "Seven years ago, the eggs were dropped from a 6-foot ladder. This year, they were dropped from a scissor lift."

Emerson said since it was Dr. Seuss' birthday, the theme revolved around the late children's author.

COURTESY OF DURHAM ELEMENTARY - Gidget Rivas, Durham's head secretary, and Armando Valenzuela, Durham's lead custodian, staff high above the crowd for the annual 'egg drop,' one of the most popular events of the annual STEAM night."The Oobleck station was a hit (so much messy fun!) as was the 'Stack the Cat's Hat,'" she said.  

Other stations of note included:

• Tigard High Schools Robotic Team brought their robots, discussed how they built them and allowed other students to operate them.

COURTESY OF DURHAM ELEMENTARY - Mrs. Anzmendi-Frias watches as her son, Easton, a kindergartener, particpates in the Stack the Cat's Hat activity.• Heart2Heart Farms brought farm animals that linked into some books being used in kindergarten.

• Tesla Inc., the electric automotive and energy storage company, made a presentation on solar panels.

• Student dissecting those owl pellets had a chart to help them identify the bones and materials they found inside each pellet.

COURTESY OF DURHAM ELEMENTARY - The two teachers behind putting together the STEAM event were Anna Southards, left, and Nikole Emerson.

• One station that focused on refracted water

• Students racing pinewood derby cars and determining how added weight impacts the cars.

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