A talented group of third through fifth graders turned an ordinary Tuesday evening into a creative science adventure during a virtual STEM NIGHT, February 16th, co-sponsored by Magnolia Midlands Georgia Youth Science & Technology Center and Swainsboro Elementary School.  Participating children let their skill and imaginations soar as they worked on experiments and projects grounded in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

The children worked with supplies generously donated by community sponsors to investigate the dimensions of sound, force, coordinate planes, and problem solving.  Their hands-on work produced models and prototypes that illustrated these concepts.  Swainsboro Elementary School Principal, Valorie Watkins said, “Our Virtual Family STEM Night was a huge success! We had students, parents, teachers, and administrators join in through Zoom. Mrs. Erin Youmans from Magnolia Midlands did an outstanding job coordinating this event and serving as our facilitator. Excitement for STEM was generated by allowing students, teachers, and families to explore STEM activities together in a fun way. Thank you to everyone that participated. It was a meaningful night of STEM exploration.”

STEM NIGHTS (Days and Weekends too) are signature events at GYSTC member kindergarten through middle schools throughout Georgia.  There, students join with parents, teachers and community members to celebrate science through exhibits, performances, discussions, group activities and especially displays of potential STEM careers students might pursue in the future.  Erin Youmans, GYSTC Coordinator for the Magnolia Midlands Region said, “We are so fortunate to be able to use technology to continue to reach out to students at area schools and host events like our Virtual Family Nights.”

GYSTC is an educational non-profit wholly dedicated to increasing K-8 teacher competence in STEM through support and professional learning opportunities.  GYSTC works with public, private and charter school districts to encourage equality and excellence in STEM education for children throughout Georgia.  For more information about activities in the Magnolia Midlands GYSTC Region, contact Erin Youmans at ehyoumans@ega.edu or (478) 289-2094.  For inquiries about GYSTC and its many programs and resources, Contact Cody Richards at (470) 578-7592 or cricha48@kennesaw.edu