Gotham Avenue PTA Hosts STEM + Families Science Festival
Gotham Avenue School students and their families enjoyed an exciting evening filled with hands-on science activities when the PTA held a STEM + Families Science Festival on Nov. 14.
The evening began with dinner and continued with Science Honor Society students from Elmont Memorial High School leading Gotham Avenue students and their families through a variety of stations. Experiments included “It’s All in the Taste Buds,” which required participants to taste a Jolly Rancher candy while holding their nose and closing their eyes and then trying to identify the flavor; “Busy as a Bee,” where students created flowers using coffee filters and pipe cleaners; ice cream making and learning about blood flow using Google Cardboard virtual reality glasses.
The festival was made possible thanks to a National PTA STEM + Families grant, sponsored by Bayer, which was secured by the school’s PTA, led by President Natasha Appleby. The grant allowed the PTA to purchase supplies for the “experiment night.” They also received small prizes to give the students as handouts and science logic games that were raffled.
Additionally, the school has been awarded a National PTA STEM + Families Game Night bundle, sponsored by ThinkFun, which will provide them with more than 40 science and coding-themed games that will be integrated as part of the school’s Pick A Reading Partner events in January.
- Gotham Avenue School student Brooke Blackwood created Martian Jelly with Elmont Memorial High School student Maxline Delorme.
2. Gotham Avenue School first-grader Chloe Farquharson made slime during the festival.
3. Gotham Avenue School sixth-grader Rihanna Fisher (right) and her mother Kaysia Fisher took part in the “It’s All in the Taste Buds” experiment.
4. Gotham Avenue School students and siblings Zakai Leveille and Kyley Leveille created flowers using coffee filters and pipe cleaners.
5. Gotham Avenue School sixth-grader Dylan Angus learned about how blood absorbs different things from Elmont Memorial High School student Myrna Jean Michel.
6. Students in Elmont Memorial High School’s Science Honor Society participated in Gotham Avenue School’s STEM + Families Science Festival.