HMS hosts STEM Family Night

HMS hosts STEM Family Night
Posted on 02/08/2018

Harlandale Middle School teamed up with Communities in Schools to host a fun and interactive STEM Family Night on Feb. 7.

More than 200 students and their families attended the event and participated in a variety of hands-on activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

HMS science teacher Tracy Cardenas was one of the teachers that helped create all the engaging STEM stations for the entire family to enjoy.

“Our STEM event is an excellent time for students to bring their families, brothers and sisters, and show them what they are learning in the classroom,” Cardenas said. “They really enjoy it, you can see their enthusiasm when they work together on all the activities.”

With more than 15 stations set up, students had the opportunity to create stop motion animated videos, make slime, build boats, assemble circuits and launch straw rockets. However, parents were especially impressed when they saw their children manipulate and control robots.  

The San Antonio Public Library, McNay Art Museum, BiblioTech and Girls Inc. were also in attendance to offer different activities.

HISD GT/STEM facilitator Charles Hernandez added that the night is also a great way to promote STEM careers.

“It’s important for students to experience STEM right now because it’s never too early for them to start thinking about their future career,” Hernandez said. “STEM is the future, in terms of jobs, so they need to become aware of that.”

Once students visited at least eight stations they earned a free Kona Ice snow cone.

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