The Fort Madison Community School District hosted an Elementary Family S.T.E.A.M. Night at the Fort Madison High School on April 21st, from 5:30-7:00pm. The Fort Madison Computer Science Cohort and our community partners provided hands-on activities and demonstrations in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. STEAM helps students build inquiry and curiosity and promotes creativity and exploration. It connects their problem-solving to real world experiences. Problem-solving is a skill that will help them in whatever career they choose, even ones that don't exist yet!
“We had a great turnout for Family STEAM Night! It was awesome to see our families having fun using inquiry, curiosity, and creativity centered around science, technology, engineering, art, and math! We are so grateful for the local business and community members that participated and helped our students see real-world STEAM connections, and planted seeds that may grow these students into STEAM related careers in the future,” said Wendy Bailey, Computer Science Integration Coach.
Families were able to stop by the “Coding Cafe” to get a free meal. Some of the activities families got to try are: stop motion video, green screen family photos, making light up cards, cup stacking, Bloodhound Coding Bracelets, Bee Bots, Osmos, Scratch Jr., art activities, and more! Door prizes during the event included gift cards to FunCity, a Bitsbox, and some building sets.
We are grateful that these community businesses and organizations participated too! OCI Iowa Fertilizer, ISU Extension & Outreach, Lee County Naturalists, SCC Computer Club, Burlington STEM Foundation Drone Soccer, Lee County Economic Development Group, Steffensmeier Welding, Lee County Robotics, Shug's Tiny Town and Educational Toys, local Artists, and a local Engineer.