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Future scientists at Serene Lake Elementary


Last updated 1/22/2020 at 2:34pm

Photo courtesy of Serene Lake Elementary

A variety of stations were set up around the gym and library at Serene Lake Elementary Jan. 16. Students got to explore bubbles with Stemtree at one of the learning areas.

Elementary students get smarter each year. They can computer code, build robots, and engineer moving parts. STEAM is taking over the minds of adolescents everywhere.

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The concept has become increasingly popular in primary and secondary schools.

Serene Lake Elementary presented its third annual STEAM Night after school Friday, Jan. 16. The free event was hosted by teachers, staff, and PTSA.

"Serene Lake's Annual STEAM Night is intended to address all of these areas with an event focused on families engaging in a learning experience supported by staff and partnerships within our local area," said Debbie Finrow, kindergarten teacher at Serene Lake.

Findrow said families and students had the opportunity to visit stations in the gym and library for hands-on activities and learning areas. Stations included building catapults, exploring bubbles, coding on computers, making lemon batteries, geo-building, engineering robots, creating art, among others.

There was also a photo station for students to dress up like scientists, she said. The kids were also given punch cards for the duration of the event. Individuals with fully loaded cards were then entered into a raffle at the end of the night.

Photo courtesy of Serene Lake Elementary

STEAM Night featured science projects, robotics activities, interactive games, and even virtual reality devices.

Findrow said "a variety of cool prizes were donated for the drawing," courtesy of Sno Isle Libraries, Mathnasium, and Stemtree.

Students left the school with a science goody bag full of experiments to try at home, donated by Serene Lake staff.

"This event was well attended and a great evening of fun and learning despite the cold weather," Finrow said. "A huge thank you to our sponsors who made the evening a great success."

Finrow said the special night was sponsored by Stemtree, Mathnasium, Snohomish County PUD, Mukilteo Library, DieHard RC, and the technology department from Mukiteo School District.

Stemtree, located near Harbour Pointe Senior Living, provides young learners with opportunities to experience hands-on STEAM activities. DieHard is a Snohomish-based company focused on the science behind racing cars, drones, and aircrafts.


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