West End Elementary School recently hosted its annual STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Night for students and their families. One hundred-fifty students attended the event with their special guests, while more than 40 Molloy College students planned and facilitated the STEAM activities throughout the evening. West End science teacher Annmarie Roth partners with Molloy College professor Francine Wisnewski each year to host the fun-filled night of collaboration, creativity, innovation and problem-solving.
Mrs. Roth and Professor Wisnewski worked together from Sept. to Nov. to organize and plan all the details for the STEAM Night. Prior to the event, Mrs. Roth visited Molloy College to meet with the college students who are pursuing a career in education. She taught them about the engineering design process and how to plan successful STEAM activities.
Each student and their special guests attended two STEAM sessions during the STEAM Night. Some of the STEAM challenges included building a wrecking ball machine, designing and creating ScribbleBots, building a catapult to get a mini basketball through a hoop and creating a wind powered boat.