Sunnyside makes learning about STEAM fun (slide show)

  • Friday, April 27, 2018 4:09pm
  • Life

MARYSVILLE – Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics are gaining STEAM in education locally.

“It’s the best program we’ve ever had,” third-grade teacher Melissa Rendiz said at a recent fair at Sunnyside Elementary.

Students engineered interactive projects out of inexpensive materials. For example, one of the most-favorite hands-on exhibits was the “Hopper Poppers.” Made basically out of a small piece of cardboard and a rubber band, students had fun seeing how high they could get them to hop. Second-grader Kayleigh Merriweather showed how accurate she was hitting a target.

Another exhibit was similar to a paper airplane, except this “Hoop Glider” was made of a straw and strips of paper folded into a loop. They did not fly as far as the traditional planes, but their looping patterns of flight made them fun to watch.

Principal Brynn Marcum said each grade level became experts of a certain project. So earlier that day the kids taught each other. There were 21 stations.

At one station, students used the cardboard rolls inside toilet paper to guide a marble into a cup. “They tinker until they find the solution,” fifth-grade teacher Chris McFall said. That could have been said about all of the exhibits, including stained-glass kites, foil boats containing pennies, and straw towers that held tennis balls.

One of the most interesting exhibits was “Walking on water.” It’s easy to do. Just mix one part water to two parts corn starch in a container large enough to stand in.

More in Life

Volunteers build ramps for those in need

The Master Builders Association of Snohomish and King counties built 40 ramps… Continue reading

2 standout M-P athletes Students of the Month

Softball and wrestling standouts at Marysville-Pilchuck High School are May’s Students of… Continue reading

Casey Emory of Marysville on stage at the Tacoma Dome. (Courtesy Photo)
Marysville on WE Day stage at Tacoma Dome

The new Girls of Promise and S Club in Marysville were front… Continue reading

Volunteers work on the trail from Strawberry Fields to the dog park as part of a community service project involving a new group called the Marysville-Tulalip Family of Volunteers.
Marysville leaders want volunteers all in the family

MARYSVILLE – For this organization, it’s all in the family. This city… Continue reading

Nehring, NJROTC honor M-P principal Rose

MARYSVILLE – Mayor Jon Nehring proclaimed May 9 Dave Rose Day within… Continue reading

Youth opportunities; drag show and improv all at Marysville’s Red Curtain

MARYSVILLE – Red Curtain opens its stage to two groups of young… Continue reading

Marysville homemade, homegrown event just in time for Mother’s Day

MARYSVILLE – Need a Mother’s Day gift? The first Mother Lovin’ Market… Continue reading

Marysville noon Rotary names Community Service student of the month

MARYSVILLE – Cristina Velasco has been named Community Service Student of the… Continue reading

Marysville kids fishing event reels in hundreds

MARYSVILLE – Hundreds of kids and their families attended the 25th annual… Continue reading

Leaders hold up Marysville community on National Day of Prayer

MARYSVILLE – Local leaders prayed for the community at the National Day… Continue reading

Aerial (Audrey Stich), left, leads a group of singers in a song in the play ‘Footloose,’ which is being performed at Lakewood High School.
‘Footloose’ and fancy free (slide show)

LAKEWOOD —“Now I gotta cut loose, footloose.” That phrase in the classic… Continue reading

Earth Day means volunteers plant trees in Marysville

MARYSVILLE – Planting trees has been synonymous with Earth Day since it… Continue reading