STEMAPALOOZA

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Explore Drones at McClure  Middle STEMAPALOOZA . The annual Family STEM Night that has broken school records for attendance and been used as a model for other schools. Family STEM night has connected our students and their families with professional engineers and scientists who volunteer to facilitate activities. One of the biggest benefits of the evening has been the outreach connection for culturally diverse families in our community. This is primarily due to our emphasis that children and parents participate in activities as a family. Students are not allowed to just be dropped off and left at the event without an adult. Fantastic discussions and interaction occur as parents or grandparents and children worked to solve STEM problems. One of the most satisfying experiences is watching a student explain to their parents how to follow the Engineering Design Process in order to solve a problem. Student’s eyes brighten as they assume the role of teacher and act as leader of their family design team. We have now organized family STEM celebrations not only at our school but also at museums and the enthusiasm for these interactive events is contagious.