Redland Middle School recently hosted a STEM Night, which featured guest speaker Dr. William Phillips, a 1997 Nobel Prize winner in Physics. The event also offered several opportunities for students to participate in experiments, such as building a contraption that will prevent an egg from breaking as it’s dropped from various heights; designing a bridge that would hold a heavy weight without falling; creating a self-standing tower that would stand without falling; and making a device that would launch an object the furthest distance possible.
Last month, Fox Chapel Elementary School held a STEAM Night, which gave students the opportunity to try hands-on experiments in science, technology, engineering, math and art. During the event, students worked with volunteers from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). One of those volunteers was Venkataraman Srinivasan, who worked with fourth grade students to take the lead in demonstrating three topics—bioluminescence; kitchen chemistry (which covered the common use of acids, bases and neutral chemicals in everyday life); and Newton’s color wheel.