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East School Moves Full STEAM Ahead

East students playing while learning at STEAM Night.

On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, East School hosted its annual STEAM Night to investigate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics connections as a learning community.  

Local community groups contributed to the success of the event by sharing a wealth of resources with our East students and families. In addition to state-of-the-art technology, like the New Canaan Library’s voice-activated robot and 3-D printer, we witnessed the appeal of many “low tech” engineering and design activities. Our students were captivated by the area devoted to marshmallow-and-toothpick building and also the Rube Goldberg room filled with tubes, string, masking tape, wooden blocks, marbles and race cars. Flying paper airplanes in the gym kept a crowd eagerly engaged and many could not believe how complicated some of the designs could be. (Hint: These all make great snow-day home activities too!)Happy East student with marshmallow toothpick structure she built at STEAM

Snap circuits, Scratch computer programming, bridge designs with straws and paper clips, an East Eagle bottle cap mural, estimation jars, math games, and musical instrument design rounded out the evening making this an engaging event for families and children of all ages. Many were overheard saying, “I want to stay all night!”
Thanks to East School Principal Kristine Woleck for contributing this news story and photos.

New Canaan Libraries robot made an appearance at East School's STEAM Night. East student constructing with marshmallows and toothpicks at East's STEAM Night East Students learning will they play at East School's STEAM Night. Smiling East student holding laptop at STEAM Night.