Manning Oaks STEAM Family Fun Night Focuses on Education and Fun

  • Posted 12/09/2022

    Manning Oaks Elementary School in Alpharetta combined learning and fun in their recent STEAM Family Fun Night. Teachers and staff included activities for the whole family to get involved.

    “We really wanted to promote this as a family event where the adults were with their students and able to experience the activities together,” said art teacher Jordan Glastetter.

    Kindergarteners through second graders spent the night experimenting with science and art projects.

    Other demonstrations were led by high school students from the Fulton County Schools (FCS) STEM-based Innovation Academy (IA), also based in Alpharetta.

    “Students at IA have been designing a variety of lessons that match up to the elementary grade levels variety,” said Joseph Denato, engineering and science teacher. “Designing lessons with parameters like age group, subject matter, and limited space and time is a great way for students to enhance their own learning.”

    Manning Oaks students participated in building paper airplanes, Lego car races, index card tower building, and creating “elephant toothpaste.”

    Tom Dunmire, STEM coach, was excited that students received exposure to all the new experiments and that the younger children had the IA students to guide them in each project.

    “What they're doing [is] promoting what IA has to offer [and] gets them excited about science, math, technology and engineering,” Dunmire said.

    Manning Oaks will host another STEAM Family Fun Night on March 23 for third through fifth grades.