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Salt River Elementary School Hosts Sixth Annual STEAM Night

A group of anxious youngsters wait to see if a popsicle stick bridge holds at the SRES STEAM Night on April 25. The bridge survived.

The Salt River Elementary School courtyard was buzzing on April 25 for the school’s sixth annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Night. The event attracted dozens of visitors and demonstration booths. This year’s theme was “Electricity.”

Free pizza was provided, and students demonstrated scientific and electrical principles at various booths. One popular booth asked visitors to rub inflated balloons on their hair to create static electricity.

More than a dozen electricity-related booths were available for STEAM visitors. Students learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math at STEAM Night, SRES's annual event.
A popular contest for building a bridge out of popsicle sticks counted many anxious onlookers as organizers placed either a single 5-lb. weight or two 5-lb. weights on each bridge to see if it would hold. Most of the 30-plus bridges survived the weight. There were different divisions according to grade level.

First-place winners of the bridge-building contest received a bicycle, and second-place winners received a tablet. Prizes also were awarded to the best science booths.

SRES students create static electricity with ballons and their hair.
Salt River High School hosted its STEAM night earlier this year. For more on the STEAM program, visit www.srpmic-ed.org.