Varner Elementary School Families Celebrate STEM

What has drones, a 10-foot catapult, a labyrinth, robots, and microscopes? Answer: The Varner Elementary School Family STEM Night.

School staff members and parent volunteers teamed up to get more than 400 students and parents excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through a variety of demonstrations, displays, and experiments.
Resembling more of a STEM expo, presenters captured attention with giant explosions, smoke rings, and drones buzzing overhead. 

Tapp Middle School and McEachern High School brought teachers and other volunteers to work with the elementary students. McEachern’s volunteer army also included a 10-foot catapult. Community sponsors of the January 11 event included Flying Classroom, Georgia Tech Research Institute, National Weather Service, University of Georgia Extension, South Cobb Regional Libraries, Camp Invention, Georgia State Parks/Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Power, Sparkles, City of Powder Springs, Foothills Chiropractic, and Theze Bonez Restaurant.

During the evening, kids looked through microscopes, made ferromagnetic art, learned about weather and how anemometers work, and watched robots find their way through a labyrinth.

This event served as a launching point to energize the students, parents, teachers, and the greater community about Varner pursuing STEM certification.

“It was a really great night, and something we are really proud of, especially the collaborative efforts between parents, teachers, and the STEM community,” said Kara Williams, a Varner parent STEM volunteer. “We are hopeful that our ties with the STEM community will only strengthen from here.”