On Wednesday, March 6th, the Rutgers Prep Lower School hosted a STEAM Night for students and parents, offering a wide variety of activities centered around the five pillars of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).
The Dining Commons buzzed with activity, as participants engaged with the exercises presented at each station. One location required the challenger to program a robot (Sphero or Dash) to navigate a maze as quickly as possible. Another table tasked visitors with creating a tessellation picture (an arrangement of shapes that fit closely together in a repeated pattern without gaps or overlapping) using the templates available.
Participants also made binary bracelets with their initials using different colored beads representing binary code. They designed marble runs using paper plates, straws, and tape, crafted slime using glue, liquid starch, water, and food coloring, and even solved math puzzles by building towers out of SumBlox.
The event provided a great balance between technology-focused learning, and tactile, hands-on engagement with the material. It also happened to be a great deal of fun for everyone involved. The School is grateful to the many teachers, faculty, student volunteers, and staff who made this incredible event possible, and special thanks to JoAnn Miller, Amy Merges, and Alicia Conroy for their coordination of the Lower School STEAM Night.