Family Engineering Night at Green Magnet Academy is a Huge Success!
Students and their families came back to school last Tuesday evening for an evening of food and fun. Families were served pizza and dessert before they spent the rest of the evening rotating between engineering stations where they were asked to collaborate and use their problem solving skills to create solutions to engineering problems.
Families were creating environmentally friendly low flow showerheads and building tin foil "boats" to see how many pennies their boat could hold and then revising their design to make it hold more (24 was the record for the evening!). They were challenged to use a plastic tube and a marble to design a "roller coaster" with as many twists and turns as possible to allow the marble to make it to the end of the tube and to build the strongest bridges they could to hold as much weight as possible (by the way, arches make a bridge stronger!). These are just a few examples of the exciting activities for the evening, and when they were finished, each child earned an engineer's hard hat for a job well done!
CURENT, an engineering group from the University of Tennessee, partnered with us to make the event the success that it was. We were also pleased to have L & N STEM Academy bring their robotics for our students to learn from and a student from Fulton High School who recorded the whole evening on video. The YWCA had two representatives there who passed out books they had donated to the children as they left. What a fantastic evening of fun with our community!