Event celebrates science, math

Monday, March 27, 2017

CHARLESTON, Mo. -- "Superhero Science & Math Family Night" was held March 7 at Warren E. Hearnes Elementary School for prekindergarten through fith grades and families.

Activities were designed to promote science, math and hands-on learning. Stations were located in both gyms as well as Pod E.

In the Blue Gym, students got to build structures with various materials, create a pom-pom launcher, experiment with static electricity and play a game using money. One station had students experimenting with black pepper, dish soap and surface tension. The "Pom Pom Drop" station required students to create a path that a ball could travel through. The "Airhead Math" station, sponsored by fourth grade math teacher Nicole VanGennip, allowed each student to do math using candy.

In the Pod E Science Lab, students got to learn about solar eclipses from fifth grade science teacher Charlotte McNeary, who was also promoting an event on Aug. 21 called "Solar Eclipse Day." A real-life solar eclipse will occur, and students district-wide will participate in a day of learning.

In the Grey Gym, students got to create a unique shadow puppet, run through an obstacle course, and play board games as a family.

Additional stations included a number race, a magnifying glass station, and clock game.

Kristen Crosier and Bobbie Sager of the Mississippi County Health Department had a fishing game about food and eating healthy. Charleston Youth Athletic Association (CYAA) members held an open enrollment session for summer league baseball. Hearnes PTO held a free raffle for books as part of their recent spring book fair.

Refreshments were provided in part by OPAA! Food Services.

The event was a product of Hearnes Title 1 Parent Involvement, organized by B.J. Babb, Parent Liaison.