STEAM Night at Spring Lake Elementary School in Omaha Public Schools was a spectacular celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The event brought together students, parents, and educators for an evening filled with interactive and educational experiences. From the mesmerizing undersea adventures with Oculus 2 goggles to the playful antics of Bingo, our robot dog, and the thrilling drone flights in the soccer arena, the night was a journey into the future of learning.
Oculus 2: Diving into the Deep with Ocean Rift
One highlight of the night was the virtual undersea adventure with Oculus 2 goggles. Students had the opportunity to explore the depths of the ocean through the captivating app, Ocean Rift. The immersive experience allowed them to encounter marine life, learn about different ecosystems, and witness the beauty of the underwater world. The use of technology not only made learning fun but also sparked curiosity and interest in marine biology and environmental science.
Bingo, Our Robot Dog: A Lunchtime Companion and STEAM Night Star
During lunch hours that morning, students were introduced to Bingo, our robot dog. This special canine companion not only provided entertainment but also served as an educational tool. Students learned more about robotics as they interacted with Bingo, who later stole the spotlight at STEAM Night by greeting attendees and showcasing his tricks. Bingo’s presence added an extra layer of excitement to the event, demonstrating the potential of technology in education.
Drone Flying in the Soccer Arena: A Sky-High Learning Experience
The drone soccer arena turned into a buzzing hub of excitement as drones took to the sky, or near the ceiling. Students had the chance to pilot drones, honing their skills in aerial maneuvering. The activity not only introduced them to the principles of aerodynamics but also emphasized the importance of precision and control. Drone flying served as a captivating introduction to the world of aviation and technology, showcasing the endless possibilities that await those with a passion for exploration.
Robots in Action: Navigating Mazes and Inspiring Future Engineers
STEAM Night also featured a hands-on experience with robots navigating through mazes. Students were given the opportunity to drive and maneuver these robots, applying their knowledge of robotics. The activity encouraged problem-solving skills and teamwork as students collaborated to guide their robots through intricate paths. This interactive session not only made learning robotics enjoyable but also planted the seeds for potential future engineers and programmers.
Unleashing the Power of Magnets: Thor’s Hammer Challenge at Nathan’s Science Show Lights Up STEAM Night!
Nathan’s Science Show brought an electrifying dimension to STEAM Night, captivating both students and parents alike with a series of activities showcasing the wonders of magnets and electricity. Among the highlights was the intriguing “Thor’s Hammer” demonstration, where participants were challenged to pick up an apparently immovable hammer. Drawing inspiration from the mythical world of Norse gods, this activity not only engaged students’ curiosity but also posed the question, “Are you worthy?” The use of powerful magnets cleverly concealed beneath the surface of the table created an illusion of an unmovable object, sparking conversations about magnetism, polarity, and the fascinating interplay between magnets and metals. Nathan’s Science Show proved to be a magnetic experience, demonstrating how simple yet captivating experiments can make complex scientific concepts accessible and enjoyable for learners of all ages.
STEAM Night at Spring Lake Elementary was an unforgettable evening that showcased the power of innovation in education. From the virtual wonders of the ocean to the playful antics of robotic companions and the thrill of drone flights, students were exposed to a diverse range of STEAM concepts. The event not only ignited curiosity but also emphasized the importance of integrating technology into education to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the future. As Spring Lake continues to foster a passion for STEAM, the possibilities for learning are boundless.