An LCES first grade STEM class was challenged to help Rapunzel escape from her tower last fall. Credit: Langston Chapel Elementary

If your child is interested in cool experiments and technology, bring them to Langston Chapel Elementary STEM night. It will be held on Thursday, January 26, in the LCES Gym at 150 Langston Chapel Road from 5:30-7:00pm. STEM night is a way for parents and students to explore projects and experiments and try them at home. This is the first STEM Night at LCES since COVID-19.

Holly Myers, STEM teacher at LCES, has prepared for this night by developing engineering and technological activities for all students. As a STEM teacher for five years, she loves to see her students create and explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and math activities.

“Each grade level will have a STEM Challenge for students to try. Many will be make-and-take. The Georgia Southern Physics Department and College of Education are going to have several activities and experiments for students.”

Holly Myers

Georgia Southern will bring other guests including the Wildlife Center, STEM Center, and Museum. Animal demonstrations and robotics programming are just a few of the many stations that will be set up around the gym for student and parent participation. 

Langston Chapel Elementary hosts their STEM night for all elementary students. (Photo Credit: LCES Facebook page)

List of STEM activities

  • Kindergarten: Building aluminum boats; experimenting with buoyancy
  • First Grade: Building straw rockets; practicing aerodynamics
  • Second Grade: Making hoop gliders; experimenting with aerodynamics and force
  • Third Grade: Building penny bridges; testing strength (weight) in the bridge
  • Fourth Grade: Making earthquake towers; building with small items to withstand an earthquake
  • Fifth Grade: Making paper footballs and goals to observe geometry in action

“I wanted STEM Challenges that were easy for the teachers to run with minimal materials that the children could build easily. This allows them more time to visit other stations and have fun at the event. “

Holly Myers

Myers mentioned that she loves to include minimal materials in her lessons, usually recycled items that children can find around the house.

“You can do STEM anytime, anywhere.”

Holly Myers

Myers is excited for all students to build, test, and succeed in engineering and for parents to come out and experience the ease of hands-on STEM activities to try at home. 

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Kirsten VanBeverhoudt

Kirsten VanBeverhoudt is a Statesboro resident, freelance writer and member of Church of God the Bibleway, Jesup, Georgia. She's a newlywed to her husband, Timothy VanBeverhoudt, Jr. and recently welcoming...