Springing into STEAM

Art is the latest addition

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The science department’s second STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) night was hosted 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the PAC Wednesday, April 4, with help from sponsors CITGO and the Ocean Exploration Trust. Science teachers Mr. Scott Collins and Mrs. Erin Horan were in charge of running this event.

Collins said, “The movement toward STEM has been like a five year program now. I think the math and science departments have been working together for a long time now. A big part of it was the STEM Wow Program develop by Mark Branick. I think that was three years ago, when he made the move towards making that project.”

Art has been a recent addition to this program. Collins said, “Art’s important because it’s been so much joy to people’s lives. We wanted to bring art in [because of] the true value of culture in our everyday lives,” said Collins.

Some stations ran by Mu Alpha Theta, the math club, were the Bungee Jump and Size is Right. At the Bungee Jump station, participants would test their predictions of rubber bands needed for an object to be dropped from the second floor to the ground using different items.

The Size is Right station had participants test the volume of objects by putting them in order of largest to smallest volume based on their interpretation.

Some other stations included a chromatography experiment and a pressure and density station where a container was filled with oil, water, food coloring, and an alkali seltzer tab, to create a bubbly reaction.

Volunteers from the Ocean Exploration Trust showcased some equipment to people and explained their significance. One of the pieces was an underwater ROV that could explore new areas, pick up samplings, and included a video camera and WeVideo element for recording purposes. There was also a 3D Printer used to print 3-dimensional replicas.
The event was overall a success thanks to the effort of faculty members, students, and clubs to bring the community together for a night of innovation.

Collins said, “Mrs. Horan was really instrumental in getting all of this together. She did a really awesome job. I think we look forward to including more exhibits and to reaching out to our community as a whole. Getting more people involved and more people exposed to what Lemont is doing and what STEAM is doing.”

ce, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) night was hosted 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the PAC Wednesday, April 4, with help from sponsors CITGO and the Ocean Exploration Trust. Science teachers Mr. Scott Collins and Mrs. Erin Horan were in charge of running this event.

Collins said, “The movement toward STEM has been like a five year program now. I think the math and science departments have been working together for a long time now. A big part of it was the STEM Wow Program develop by Mark Branick. I think that was three years ago, when he made the move towards making that project.”

Art has been a recent addition to this program. Collins said, “Art’s important because it’s been so much joy to people’s lives. We wanted to bring art in [because of] the true value of culture in our everyday lives,” said Collins.

Some stations ran by Mu Alpha Theta, the math club, were the Bungee Jump and Size is Right. At the Bungee Jump station, participants would test their predictions of rubber bands needed for an object to be dropped from the second floor to the ground using different items.

The Size is Right station had participants test the volume of objects by putting them in order of largest to smallest volume based on their interpretation.

Some other stations included a chromatography experiment and a pressure and density station where a container was filled with oil, water, food coloring, and an alkali seltzer tab, to create a bubbly reaction.

Volunteers from the Ocean Exploration Trust showcased some equipment to people and explained their significance. One of the pieces was an underwater ROV that could explore new areas, pick up samplings, and included a video camera and WeVideo element for recording purposes. There was also a 3D Printer used to print 3-dimensional replicas.
The event was overall a success thanks to the effort of faculty members, students, and clubs to bring the community together for a night of innovation.

Collins said, “Mrs. Horan was really instrumental in getting all of this together. She did a really awesome job. I think we look forward to including more exhibits and to reaching out to our community as a whole. Getting more people involved and more people exposed to what Lemont is doing and what STEAM is doing.”

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