Kids came back to school on the chilly
evening of Dec. 7, and they brought their families with them. More than
100 people gathered in the gymnasium to meet new friends and explore
engineering in a playful, hands-on way.
Over 20 Finley Elementary teachers, including 4th grade teacher
Lorianne Donovan and the principal, Pam Kinne, teamed up with PNNL
scientists Frannie Smith and Elizabeth Stephens
to deliver the "Family Engineering" event. Engineering "openers" kicked
off the event with an array of hands-on activities to demonstrate the
role of engineering in our everyday lives.
A "STEM in a Bag" discovery exercise followed and tables of families
collaborated together to guess the theme for the evening's design
challenges. Ms. Donovan read a popular children's book aloud to the
crowd to kick off a story-related engineering design activity called the
The families engineered a protective cover for a raw egg so that it
would not break when dropped from 10 feet high. (Like the boy in the
book who cracks his head open) In the end, the families had fun learning
about engineering basics and the importance of wearing helmets.
Finley School District is a Collaboratory member and a pioneer for
STEM education advocacy and leadership in our region. National Science
Teachers Association research shows that families who explore STEM
learning together help sustain their students' interest in these
challenging academic classes over the long haul. Facebook Photo Album.