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STEAM Night offers hands-on learning activities

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North Edgecombe High School Teacher Susan Herrin helps a student build an air powered car during iZone Family STEAM Night at North Edgecombe High School.

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From Contributed Reports

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Students and families from Coker-Wimberly Elementary, Phillips Middle and North Edgecombe High schools experienced the world of science and technology through hands-on activities and demonstrations during the inaugural iZone Family STEAM Night at North Edgecombe High School.

The evening started with dinner in the school’s cafeteria. Families then explored science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) topics through activity stations in various locations around the school.

“The event was made possible by the power of true collaboration and sharing of ideas, and a supportive administration unit from all three schools. The idea started as an individual staff member's goal to host a STEAM night at North Edgecombe, and through an informal conversation with another staff member, blossomed into an opportunity to further connect with multiple departments and our sister schools to host one large community night,” said Amy Pearce, math multi-classroom leader at North Edgecombe High School.

Throughout the evening, students were engaged in a variety of activities, such as creating building structures with toothpicks and using 3D pens to create different shapes.

“My favorite activity was creating a race car from straws, paper clips, tape, and Lifesaver candy. Science is my favorite subject in school, so I was excited to share fun science activities with my family,” said Coker-Wimberly fifth-grade student DeShawna Harper.

The iZone STEAM Night appeared to be a great success, said Cassandra Williams, science multi-classroom leader for North Edgecombe High School. 

“The vision was to encourage a love for learning, collaboration and strong relationships and we believe that vision was successful. A love for learning could be seen on many faces and they rotated throughout stations,” she said. “Collaboration was prosperous, as the event recruited a lot of parents, students, community members and businesses. Strong relationships and unity could be seen in the smiles, observations and discussions among parents, teachers, students and community businesses.”

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