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STEM Night at Canyon Springs School
Guest Author: Ester Skiera, science writer, AZ SciTech
How do you distinguish good schools from great schools? The great ones care a lot about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and make a real effort to get the students and public involved by creating a STEM project, and, in some cases, this might come in the form of a STEM Night. Apparently, Canyon Springs Schools recognizes this!
“Our event is highlighting all the neat STEM things we do here at Canyon Springs,” says Karen Beeman, M.Ed, Fifth Grade Teacher at Canyon Springs STEM Academy. For this purpose, the school brings in so many outside groups that cover STEM fields, such as Jungle Jills Animal Adventure, the Sheriff’s Department brings cars, tanks, helicopters; the AZ Science Center has STEM activities to do, and Home Depot has supplied the people and kits to help build.
“People will be able to build, create, and explore many various areas. Canyon Springs is dedicated to increasing interest in STEM Fields to all in our community,” Beeman explains.
Canyon Springs School’s commitment in STEM areas is to be applauded. The school has also been consistent to keep its STEM event annually on its calendar. “This is our 3rd year of having STEM Night. Before, we had a Science Night. The best part is when our parents and community get to see all the neat things that Canyon Springs is doing in STEM,” Beeman says.
Visitors, of course, are an important part of the event. “We expect visitors to come and enjoy themselves and learn about STEM, and hopefully take away an increased awareness of STEM. We also want them to see that our students are learning valuable STEM related skills and taking pride in the results,” she adds.
Beeman also expresses how the collaboration between Canyon Springs School and Arizona SciTech Festival add to what the school is doing. “When we pool resources, we are stronger and are able to get the word out about the cool things going on in our area and around the Valley,” she says.
The STEM Night’s number of visitors is quite strong. Each year, the event has grown larger. “Last year we had over 600 people come through our doors at the event. We are proud of what we are doing here at Canyon Springs and really want to share it with others,” Beeman shares.
STEM Night at Canyon Springs School takes place on Feb 18, 2015.