Full STEAM Ahead at Backman’s Spring Family Night
Science, technology, engineering, arts and math could be spotted at every turn at Backman Elementary during their recent STEAM-focused family night this spring. Brightly colored art projects focusing on everything from seeds to magnetic fields lined the halls. The school’s three science teachers set up experiments in the keva, teaching science concepts to students as curious parents stood near. Students and families played math games with decks of cards and created headbands with the phases of the moon attached. Community partners lined the main lobby, offering everything from assistance with health care to science displays. In the cafeteria, after enjoying pizza with family, students could pose in a kayak for a picture, an opportunity designed to help introduce families to the idea of kayaking and canoeing on the Jordan River that runs behind Backman. Students even had chances to interact with snakes and a hermit crab as part of the nights festivities.
In the auditorium, families beamed as they watched students in kindergarten, second grade, fourth grade and fifth grade perform science-related dances. During weekly movement classes, students use kinesthetic learning to review concepts such as heredity, the solar system, habitats, simple machines, matter and electricity. Then they use their knowledge of these concepts to create dance movements. At family night, students performed these dances for families. These dances and the other events of the night helped Backman students move full STEAM ahead toward their learning goals.
Author: Jeanne Winters Morriss, Backman Elementary