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Aikin Elementary Host Family Engagement STEAM Engineering Night

Russell, Zoe Nagode, Teacher Bailey Bristow, and Karen Nagode


Aikin Elementary recently hosted its spring Family Engagement STEAM Engineering Night, which took place on Tuesday, February 27. During this event, families had the opportunity to work together on constructing various structures like buildings, vehicles, and bridges, utilizing their creativity, visual reasoning, and problem-solving skills. One of the night’s highlights was the activity where students designed, built, and decorated their boats, which they could then take home to conduct buoyancy testing. Additionally, parents and guardians learned more about the STAAR Online Testing Platform for 3rd and 4th graders. Lidia Pickerill, the Parent Engagement Coordinator, was present to provide valuable information on Title 1 and the significance of strong family-school partnerships in children’s education.

with finished bridge is Zoe Nagode and her father Karen Nagode


The event was well-received by attendees. Instructional Coach Kally Williams expressed, “It made my heart so happy to see family members and students engaging in hands-on engineering activities together. We proudly host an event encouraging family members to spend quality time together!” The initiative promoted valuable bonding time between families and underscored the importance of collaborative learning experiences. By engaging in these interactive activities, families could have fun and reinforce the idea of working together to solve problems and create innovative solutions. Such events support academic growth and foster a sense of community and togetherness within the school environment.

Preet Homer shows off his finished project.