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press photo by katya hrichak4572.JPG: Spring Garden ES hosted STEAM Day March 23 as a way to introduce students to different types of arts and technologies. press photo by katya hrichak4572.JPG: Spring Garden ES hosted STEAM Day March 23 as a way to introduce students to different types of arts and technologies.
Mallory Zondag of the Banana Factory teaches Angel and Christian how to properly felt their wool. Mallory Zondag of the Banana Factory teaches Angel and Christian how to properly felt their wool.
Dominic works on felting his wool in a hands-on workshop with Mallory Zondag, a mixed media fiber artist with the Banana Factory Arts Center. Dominic works on felting his wool in a hands-on workshop with Mallory Zondag, a mixed media fiber artist with the Banana Factory Arts Center.
press photo by katya hrichakFifth graders work with computers in a workshop called “Digital Breakout” with Patrick Connelly, learning how to record their voices and do voiceovers. press photo by katya hrichakFifth graders work with computers in a workshop called “Digital Breakout” with Patrick Connelly, learning how to record their voices and do voiceovers.
A group of fifth graders learn about basic electronics, led by Jamin Connelly. By pressing buttons on the tablet, they made lights on the board turn on and off. A group of fifth graders learn about basic electronics, led by Jamin Connelly. By pressing buttons on the tablet, they made lights on the board turn on and off.
4654.JPG: Third grade students learned about soil stratigraphy with Johanna Simon. 4654.JPG: Third grade students learned about soil stratigraphy with Johanna Simon.
Kyle Miller led a second grade class in “Exploring Electricity.” While small groups performed hands-on activities, other classmates passed around safety equipment, including gloves that allow professionals to safely cut through live wire. Kyle Miller led a second grade class in “Exploring Electricity.” While small groups performed hands-on activities, other classmates passed around safety equipment, including gloves that allow professionals to safely cut through live wire.
Jennifer Sem teaches second graders about chromatography. Students were given three colors of paint and encouraged to mix new colors. Jennifer Sem teaches second graders about chromatography. Students were given three colors of paint and encouraged to mix new colors.
4700.JPG: Steve Mantz demonstrates how to draw Mickey Mouse in his hands-on cartooning workshop, encouraging second grade students to draw along. 4700.JPG: Steve Mantz demonstrates how to draw Mickey Mouse in his hands-on cartooning workshop, encouraging second grade students to draw along.
Students watch as Mr. Bill presents his Mad Science program, capturing their attention by mixing different chemicals to achiev Students watch as Mr. Bill presents his Mad Science program, capturing their attention by mixing different chemicals to achiev

Spring Garden hosts STEAM Day - Doing something different

Monday, April 23, 2018 by Katya Hrichak Special to the Bethlehem Press in School

Students at Spring Garden ES had fun while exploring the sciences during STEAM Day March 23. Community members came into the school to teach kindergarten through fifth grade students about science, technology, engineering, art and math through various hands-on activities.

According to Principal Eric Smith, Spring Garden aims to have a different themed day each year to introduce its students to fields they ordinarily might not have a chance to learn about. While last year’s event focused on the arts, giving kids access to multiple types of performances, the committee chose to focus on new fields this year.

“While Bethlehem Area School District finds the arts super important and we still have art and music and all of those things, at the elementary level they never get a chance to see something like dance or a performance, those kinds of things. They’re really few and far between, so we wanted to support that,” Smith said. “Then as we were planning for this year, we wanted to do something different and the committee that organized all of this got really excited about STEAM, so bringing in [and] continuing the arts focus, but also bringing in science and technology and engineering.”

This year’s event featured activities based in electricity and digital technology, 3D printing, plant and animal growth and care, robotics and drones, cartooning and architecture, as well as other presentations. Each grade level had the opportunity to participate in four different activities before attending a Mad Science Assembly.

“[STEAM Day] is also a way that we can showcase our community, so it’s a way to bring our community into the school. Everyone here is a volunteer and many of them have some kind of connections into the school. We’ve got parents, even grandparents of some of our kids, we’ve got community partners that are a part of Spring Garden [and] the district, we’ve even got former students that are in high school right now that are here today to give back to the new kids, the kids of this generation,” Smith said. “It’s really exciting.”