By Beverly Perkins
Aventura Waterways K-8 Center (AWK8) had its first annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Night last month. The theme of the evening was “Hands On, Mind On.”
Science fair projects from grades 3 – 8 were displayed along with mousetrap cars for the SECME Competition. Additionally, bridges created by 7th and 8th grade students from the STEAM and International Finance Academy (IFA) were tested which appeared to be the highlight of the evening. Parents and their children gathered around Mr. L. Escudero as he measured the bridges and tested how much weight they could hold.
“The bridge weighing challenge was the best. Some of the kids got really creative,” said Deniece Kayghobadi, parent of a 7th grade STEAM student who built a bridge.
A variety of stations were set up for students and parents to visit, experiment, and explore. These included activities such as: Estimation Station, Paper Plate Maze, Static Electricity, Upcycling Art, Musical Petting Zoo, Shaving Cream Name Tag, Paper Flyer, Catapult, Paper Column Tower, and Straw Rockets. Each was designed to teach the many STEAM lessons in a fun, but educational way.
“It was great to experience science in such a hands-on way, and to celebrate the hard work of the students,” said Melissa Macko, AWK8 Science Teacher and STEAM Academy Teacher. “Parents were all impressed by how much fun they had as they were able to experience science in a whole new light. All of the activities were enjoyable and engaging.”
The evening would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the many teachers, committee leaders, and student volunteers. Awards were given out to students who will have their science fair projects entered into the Miami Dade Regional Science Fair in February.
“The night was filled with an electrical current of discovery and excitement,” exclaimed Mrs. I. Robles, AWK8 Assistant Principal.
“We are definitely looking forward to the next AWK8 STEAM Night. We are thankful for Our Principal Mr. Bello supporting the event and to Mrs. I. Robles, our assistant principal, who supervised the night,” added Macko.