By Debbie Adams
Herman L. Horn Elementary School hosted a Title I STEM/Math Night at the school on March 9. Students and their families were invited to come for a pasta dinner followed by an evening of hands-on STEM activities designed to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education.
Students could register for two half-hour activities which included a Lego Challenge (with thousands of Legos available), Code and Go Mouse Robots, OSMOS educational computer games, a Math Fact Fluence Choice Board, a Storybook Challenge, designing and building a Spaghetti/Marshmallow Tower, designing a Maze of straws, and creating a Soda Straw Rocket.
OSMOS is not just a video game, but a hands-on learning game which combines real plastic objects that can be manipulated with the digital world on an iPad or Fire tablet. The Code and Go Mouse Robots introduced students to coding by programming a mouse to navigate a maze. The Storybook Challenge involved creating a parachute to help rescue Jack from the giant in “Jack and the Beanstalk.”
Families accompanied their children and assisted with the projects, facilitated by faculty members.
Elementary schools throughout Roanoke County have been hosting STEM nights in recent weeks.