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Sullins Academy celebrates science and art during STEAM Week
Sullins students focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math during its’ inaugural STEAM Week celebration. The week included student presentations, performances, special guests, and assemblies.
Students in junior kindergarten through eighth grade developed STEAM projects. First grade students used engineering skills to design houses from “The Three Little Pigs”. Each student designed a house for their Little Pig. They tested their durability against the Big Bad Wolf’s huffing and puffing (a blow dryer). The popsicle “stick” houses and Lego “brick” houses were stable, but we can’t say that the drinking “straw” houses fared as well! Other grades completed STEAM projects that included designing and building bridges, designing and testing earthquake resistant buildings, creating miniature houses and roller coasters, researching and designing heat packs for incubating eggs, and experimenting with chromatography.
Sullins STEAM Fair was the culminating event for the week. The Fair provided fourth through eighth grade students with an opportunity to practice scientific thinking and problem solving through interactive, hands-on investigations and experimentation. It also provided an opportunity to practice their presentation skills as the younger students, as well as guests from Eastman and GCI, were on hand to hear about what they had learned. GCI’s Angela Costagliola shared, “We enjoyed attending the STEAM fair and talking with the students about how their work relates to what we do at CGI.”
Interest and training in STEAM fields is crucial to educate and prepare the next generation of the American workforce, and to allow this generation to create jobs and grow the economy, both locally and globally. This year’s Fair demonstrated the positive direction that Sullins Academy is headed in STEAM education.