Lauren Grant and Tristan Burton made the slimy compound Gak for their science fair entry Thursday evening at Adair County Elementary School’s STEM Night.
Adair County Elementary School students and their families turned out in big numbers Thursday evening for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Night, the school’s celebration of empirical learning.
“This is a fun night and the highlight is definitely the science fair, which our students and their families participate in,” says ACES Principal Steve Burton. “It’s always good stuff—everyone coming together to share what they’ve built and their experiments. It’s pretty cool to see.”
In addition to the science fair, which was set up in the school cafeteria, other rooms were converted into makeshift experimental labs, allowing students to learn about sound waves, computer coding, physics, percentages and probabilities, drones, the water cycle, and much more. One of the more popular and entertaining exercises, aiming to teach students about weight distribution, allowed students to stand on open cartons of eggs without crushing them. Only a few messy mishaps were observed.
“It’s great to see so many students and parents enjoying themselves at an event like this,” Burton says. “These disciplines – science, technology, engineering, and math – are important, so we want to instill that interest early on.”
The event was presented by the Adair County Family Resource Center, Title I, and the ACES Science Dept.
Fourth grader Mylee Bell demonstrates how to snuff out a candle with sound waves, using only a modified two-liter bottle, at STEM Night Thursday evening at Adair County Elementary School.