McManus Middle School students, staff and families came together Wednesday, April 3, for a night of learning and fun at their second annual STEAM Night.
Students and teachers created a variety of displays, challenges and exhibits to show the wide range of lessons the school features in science, technology, engineering, art and math.
The program included a living wax museum in the cafeteria where students dressed up as famous scientists and educated visitors on that person’s contributions to the world of science.
Engineering challenges included building a boat out of aluminum foil and seeing how many marbles it could hold before sinking; building a bucket tower out of straws, tape and a cup and seeing how many marbles it could hold before collapsing; and seeing who could build a tower of plastic cups the fastest.
The “A” in STEAM came into play through geometric art stations where visitors could try to a copy the work of abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky, or make their own creation out of geometric shapes.
One of the popular math exhibits was a test of Leonardo da Vinci’s theory that a person’s height equals their “wingspan” – a measurement from fingertip to fingertip when their arms are extended outward. Visitors were measured and the results were charted on a display screen.
The night also planted the seeds for the McManus garden – literally. Visitors were given seeds, topsoil and a paper cut to start the plants that will eventually grow in the school’s outdoor garden.
Other exhibits included green-screen photography, drone coding, sound-wave display, robotics, and laws of motion.
Anyone who visited every station was entered into a raffle at the end of the night. The grand prize was a Samsung Chromebook laptop.