‘Stars and Stripes’ STEM Night at Rayburn Elementary

In honor of Veterans Day weekend, Rayburn Elementary hosted a patriotic STEM Night on Nov. 9.

This year’s theme “Stars and Stripes” inspired fun activities related to not only to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but also social studies.

“We thought it would be neat to incorporate social studies this year in honor of Veterans Day,” Rayburn Elementary Academic Dean Ronnica Toscano said. “We want our students to be involved in all the STEM subjects, but also learn a little bit about voting and that their vote matters.”

The evening event had students and their parents make their way between stations to complete different activities provided by the San Antonio Public Library, Laser Quest and Girls Inc. They also had the opportunity to learn about space docking, circuit boards and how to create parachutes that went along with the story “Hero Dad.”

The highlight of the night happened when the San Antonio Police Department Blue Eagle helicopter made a surprise landing at the school’s track area.

“The students were so excited to learn about the helicopter and to see it land in our campus,” Ms Toscano said. “They are doing a presentation, and the kids were able to go in and out of the helicopter.”

After visiting every station, the students and their families earned a delicious snow cone from Kona Ice. 

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