Photo Gallery: STEMrangers Family Event

STEMrangers Family Event

PHOTO: A student and parent participate in a science activity at the STEMrangers Family Event held Oct. 23 at John Mills Elementary School. Participants learned first-hand the impact of humans on the world's oceans. Scroll down to see our photo gallery, and click here to see a video slideshow created by instructional coach Ms. Jamie Kanas. (District 401 photo by Dave Porreca)

District 401's STEMrangers Title I Family Event took place the evening of Oct. 23 at John Mills Elementary School.

Intended for K-8 families, the event focused on the theme of ocean exploration and what can be done to lessen the impact humans have made on the world's oceans.

Students attended grade-level breakout sessions (K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8) and completed multiple hands-on inquiry-based activities related to the theme.

Each breakout session was located at a "Recon Station" in the gym or the library. Teachers were on hand at each station to help students and parents work their way through their respective "missions."

STEMrangers Family Event

PHOTO: Students use a hair dryer to melt ice cubes as they learn about the effect of global warming on sea levels. District 401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image for larger view).

Activities included simulating an oil spill in tin-foil pans and then using sponges to try to clean up the spill by extracting oil from the water.

In another activity, students used a hair dryer to melt ice cubes into a glass of water to illustrate the effect of global warming on sea levels.

The event was organized by District 401's instructional coaches, Ms. Morgan Freeck and Ms. Jamie Kanas, and Director for Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Leah Gauthier.

According to Ms. Freeck, the goal of the event was to have students and families participate in hands-on science activities together and learn about ways to reduce the impact that humans have on our oceans.

As the photos below indicate, that goal was certainly achieved! Enjoy the gallery, and be sure to put the District's next Title I Family Event on your calendars — "LITexplorers" at Elmwood Elementary School on Feb. 26!

NOTE: To view the following photos in a slideshow format, click any of the pictures below. All photos are by Dave Porreca, District 401 web/media specialist. In addition, click here for a video slideshow created by instructional coach Ms. Jamie Kanas. To read the Chicago Tribune's coverage of the event, click here.