STEM Night a success for Gilbert Elementary

Students and families got a chance to bond and learn at Gilbert’s STEM Night held on Feb. 8.

The evening kicked off with a special screening of the animated film Zootopoia, followed by the Cardboard Challenge and a slew of different activities throughout the campus.  

Families created and launched straw rockets, built boats and checked their buoyancy, created stop motion animated videos, coded robots, visited the Geekbus, participated in a space docking station and checked out a glow in the dark STEM mural. They also got active in the gym for a heart rate checkup.   

Earlier in the day, the most creative and effective science projects from third, fourth and fifth grade students were selected. The finalists were on display in the Science Lab and were being judged to be district winners. Those weren’t the only projects on display though. 

Students in pre-kinder through fifth grade each had their science project displayed outside their classroom. Parents were encouraged to walk around the campus and see the different creations.

“It was a great opportunity for the families to come out and see all of the different levels of science projects, activities from a three year old to fifth grader,” Gilbert Elementary Principal Herlinda Longoria said.

She added that the night was also a great way to promote STEM careers and hopefully close the gender gap.

“They are typically male dominated professions and I think that I’ve seen the girls have quite an exciting time tonight being able to construct things and it’s just showing them the different possibilities,” Longoria said. “Our theme for this year for our campus is when we look at our students we see unlimited possibilities, when we are able to host night like this, it just shows how many possibilities there are for our kiddos.”

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