2nd Annual STEAM Celebration Reflection

2nd Annual STEAM Celebration Reflection

This is WAAAY overdue, but I know several of you were curious about how STEAM went this year.  The answer? Wonderful. It was a rainy day, so we had some no shows, but I think everyone had a great day. A special thank you to all the community members, teachers, and librarians who came to help or just explore!

Background

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Starting last year, we have a yearly three hour event that focuses on fun activities using those skills. This is a great way to get community and family involvement.  This year we decided to invite our four feeder elementary schools as well. Those kiddos made me miss my elementary teaching days. SO PRECIOUS. It was great to see our students step up as leaders.

Prep Work

  1. Plan the activities for each rooms
  2. Get LOTS of volunteers and community members
  3. Collect the supplies
  4. Promote the event
  5. Pass out flyers (I ran copies and sent to our feeder schools)
  6. Arrange transportation if needed
  7. Set up rooms
  8. Have fun!

Here is the map of the activities we used this year (inside and outside):

Basically, we do activities in almost every downstairs room.  I try to keep costs as low as possible by getting donations when I can. I won’t lie, this part takes a while. In the summer, I usually look on Pinterest , magazines, or books for ideas. Then I start deciding what I can reasonably do in a short time period.  Once I know what I can get donated, I make decisions about what needs modified. This year I had an amazing activity with balloons I wanted to do, but we had a student with a severe latex allergy, so I had to scrap that and come up with another plan. I set the date in the fall and get commitments early.

Promotion

Here are the videos we showed in preparation:

Video 1 (shown week of 3/21): What is STEAM?

https://animoto.com/play/1lUf66S5TgO06pEKL0pj3g 

Video 2 (shown week of 3/28): About the Sh@ck Kn@ck Makerspace

https://animoto.com/play/wi888CxyVhHHgIuKRHasCA

Video 3 (shown week of 4/4):  STEAM Celebration Events

https://animoto.com/play/H6UL0Vih1R0sV0sr8dLvzg

Video 4 (shown week of 4/11): FAQs for STEAM Celebration

https://animoto.com/play/yP1XXPpqKy9EKQmIdaPI6Q

This is the flyer we used:

STEAM Poster Shack

Set Up

I have a Google Doc that I keep directions, supply list, and links. Then I stage everything in boxes or bags with the room number on the bag so they can pass out quickly. Make sure to give directions to teachers early so they can practice before that day if needed. I set up as much as I can the night before. This is the craziness that is my office a few weeks before:

What I Learned

It was MUCH easier this year because I had so many volunteers. Over 30 of my staff members donated their time to help. That allowed us to have some floaters who could fill in as needed. Unfortunately, I also learned that duct tape does NOT peel off the floor easily. Caption this photo “When ideas go wrong…” even my principal was cleaning stuff off of the floor.

Photo Apr 30, 12 18 24 PM

We got such high praise from the other schools that my principal is actually going to budget some money for this next year (I’m not complaining, he gave me money this year too, but next year it will be OFFICIAL).

Pics and Videos

I posted a ton of pics and video on Twitter/Instagram @shacklibrary. The district Flickr page has some links here as well:

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Questions or Comments?

Add a comment if you have any questions or comments! I’ll share anything I can that will help.

 

 

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STEAM Celebration Reflection

STEAM Celebration Reflection

In May our school did our first ever STEAM Celebration. If you aren’t familiar with STEAM, it stands fro science, technology, engineering, art, and math. It was a full day of anything cool I could think of, focusing largely on things that we did in the makerspace during the year. Students arrived a 9 AM and got a bag with a snack, map, and a few goodies like pencils. Students didn’t have to have an adult to attend, but an adult got them an extra entry in the door prize contest at the end of the day.

Here is our basic floor plan (we used almost the whole bottom floor of our school):

STEAM Floor PlanWhat worked:

  • RollerCoastersKids who came had a blast! We had about 30-40 families, so around 85-100 people. Several kids came up to me the next day just to thank me.
  • Best quote of the day was a dad telling me he “had no idea the world was this big” and that we had “opened his eyes to the future his son could have.” WOW!
  • I work with amazing people, and this just reminded me how awesome they are. Everyone jumped right in and helped.
  • I had everything organized in bags. That made passing it out easy. I should have had more done the night before though. Leaving myself 1.5 hours that am wasn’t quite enough time to put out all the fires.
  • Budget was about $500 and that came out of my student activity fund. I spent some out of my own pocket, but some things we can repeat so I won’t need to buy next year. Now that I know what we need, I’ll start working on donations earlier.
  • Most popular room by far was the Shrinky Dinks…who would have guessed?
  • We gave kids who attended a free jeans day and they loved that.
  • UTA’s FabLab came for the day as did our public library’s robotics program. They were a huge hit.
  • The maker mentality was alive and well. Collaboration abounded and kids were creating awesomeness all over!

What needs a few changes:

robot

  • I think I collected boxes for about 3 months. I had too many big boxes, but the weird stuff was a hit. Next time I need more weird shaped cardboard packaging. Check out this awesome creation one of our students made on the left.
  • Need to have more floaters next time. We had to medical emergencies, so two teachers couldn’t show up and then we had one emergency that day so a teacher had to leave. That wouldn’t have been an issue if I’d just had a few more adults.
  • I loved the May date, but my admin would like to move earlier in the year. I’m worried we still won’t have a maker culture yet if we do this too early, so we are trying to find the perfect timing for next year.
  • Needed someone just to take photos.
  • I did PR like CRAZY…I thought. But some people weren’t showing the video as asked. Next year I plan on showing videos at lunch too and adding a walking marquee. you can see some videos here (one I can’t show because it has students):

What went wrong and needs changed/go away:

  • The gaming room only had about 5 kids. I was SHOCKED because this is a huge draw in the makerspace, but kids were so busy making (insert choir of angelic voices here) that they didn’t want to game!
  • The zombie room had a sub (teacher got hurt the morning of) so I had a gracious volunteer who stepped in. Unfortunately we were half way though the day before I realized she was missing some of her stuff. That room wasn’t a huge hit either, so we will probably leave off next year.
  • Would like more kids. Next year I think we might open up to other schools that feed into us. I’m still fleshing this out with my principal.
  • QR Code scavenger hunt had zero participation.

Can’t wait to see what next year brings!