Suncrest Primary hosted their very first STREAM Night, allowing kids to take a hands on approach at learning.
STREAM is an educational approach to learning that uses science, technology, reading, engineering, the arts and math as a catapult for student inquiry and critical thinking.
“So we just wanted to celebrate that this evening and have a fantastic evening with all of our families and all of our kids,” said Joanne Hines, principal at Suncrest Primary.
35 stations were setup throughout the school, from the Marrs Robotics Team, to stations with fossil digs, a Hot Wheels station where kids can be engineers and design their own track and several musical stations as well.
Visitors including the Children’s Discovery Museum and Avian Conservatory of Appalachia also had stations.
“We have had a huge outreach from the community and support from the parents and the teachers and everyone got involved. It blew up into something bigger that we were expecting and it’s amazing. It’s amazing what’s going on out there. There’s so much going on,” said Brandy Tuck, first grade teacher at Suncrest Primary.
STREAM Night will be continued in following years at the new Suncrest Elementary that will open in the Fall of 2016 on Collins Ferry Road.
“And it has a 3,000-square-foot media center with a stream lab and a stream classroom. So, we’re really preparing for that, and we want to prepare the kids for the workforce to come in years to come, and we’re just so excited about the prospect of them learning all of the different kinds of things that will prepare them for the future,” said Joanne Hines.
The end results are students who take risks, problem solve and work through the creative process by collaborating with others.
“I think after the first annual STREAM activity night at Suncrest, they are going to be wanting more activities in their educational learning on a daily basis, and that’s what we’re hoping to incorporated, now and in the future,” said Jamie Pack, Academic Coach at Suncrest Primary.