Staff and volunteers will mix together a little water, some algae, creative engineering and air power to create a night of learning and fun at Power Ranch Elementary School’s STEM Night on Feb. 27.
Children in kindergarten through sixth grade will find lots of experiments and examples of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to explore from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nearly 20 different stations will be set up around the Higley Unified School District campus at 4381 S. Ranch House Parkway in Gilbert.
“We’ve put together a night that will hopefully pique student interest in the STEM studies, as well as open doors to future careers,” said Principal Sherry Richards. “Curiosity starts when students are given a chance to explore. When they see science and math in action, they see how class work applies to real life. Combine those ideas and students start a path of wonder.”
This is the second year Power Ranch teachers and staff have organized STEM night. This year’s event is part of the third annual Arizona SciTech Festival. The festival includes more than 400 workshops, exhibitions and tours over two months to promote STEM and creativity through science.
“One idea is to help students think beyond being problem solvers and into being problem finders,” said Donna Jagielski, Instructional Coach of Technology for the Higley Unified School District. “This event enhances what students learn, as well as gives parents a peak into STEM studies.”
In addition to the hands-on activities created by Power Ranch teachers, several educational and private groups will have exhibits and opportunities for students during in STEM night. Members of the Power Ranch’s first STEM club will share their experiences as well.
Higley High School’s Project Lead the Way Engineering students and the Sossaman Middle School’s Robotics and Technology Club will attend.
The Power Ranch Student Council will sell pizza during the evening.