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An Evening of Exploration at Seaford Harbor

Lots of hands-on learning took place after hours on Jan. 10 as Seaford Harbor Elementary School hosted its third annual STEAM night. Students, teachers and parents came together to celebrate science, engineering, technology, the arts and math.

There were dozens of activities designed to stimulate curious young minds. Kindergartners through second-graders made pan flutes using paper, tape and five large straws. They also connected funnels to straws and tried to get different sized balls to float in mid air.

Third- through fifth-graders explored electricity with copper wires and batteries, and built perches using aluminum foil, index cards, masking tape, muffin liners and pipe cleaners. In the Fizz Room, students got to perform chemistry experiments with help from volunteers from the National Honor Society at Seaford High School.

In the all-purpose room and gymnasium, children could make paper airplanes, create tin foil paintings, explore green-screen technology and build bridges. Middle school and high school students demonstrated robots. The library was transformed into the Device Diner, as National Junior Honor Society members from Seaford Middle School taught elementary school students how to use different computer-based learning resources.

Assistant Principal Caroline Schozer said that the evening was filled with activities that focused on trial and error, giving students an opportunity to develop their problem-solving abilities. She also said it helped showcase Harbor’s extensive STEAM program.

“We wanted students and their parents to have a great night and leave with a desire to do more of this everyday,” she said, adding that there were numerous activities covering all five elements of STEAM.

Fourth-grader Paul Saporito said that his favorite part of the night was playing with robots, which he used to pick up blocks and rings. C.J. Romain enjoyed making bottle rockets in the Fizz Room while Ryan J. Burke liked the Tiny Dancers electricity activity.

“It was really challenging,” he said. “It took me a while to get it and when I did, I felt accomplished.”