Northville schools hosts STEAM Night

Two boys and a girl looking at piece of wood

NCS teacher Warren Hoffman led families through a tour of the school’s Fab Lab and workshop. The elementary students were able to see several projects created by older students in the school. Here, Mason Bevington and Amanda Betanzos show classmate Lucas MacNeil where Northville is located on a laser-engraved map of the Sacandaga Lake.

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NORTHVILLE — Northville Central School’s Elementary STEAM Night brought out more than 50 students and their families to participate in space-themed activities and demonstrations Monday.

The first of its kind STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) event was organized by Northville Elementary Principal Tammy Reidell  and middle school science teacher Jill Harris.

“STEAM Nights are a great way for students to explore and discover interests,” Reidell said.  “STEAM Night allows community organizations and members to share their expertise in STEAM-related fields and careers. It allows classrooms to show the school community some of the opportunities students have in school and what some of the students are learning in their classes. It provides the kind of school/home connection for which we are always striving.”

The event featured demonstrations from community organizations. Northville Central School teachers, volunteers from Fulton-Montgomery Community College and the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation and additional organizations gave presentations.

Northville Board of Education Vice President Carolyn Wilcox showed students how to create paper stained glass art. She said the event was important because it allowed students to be “more interactive with STEM and the Arts, to get a taste of the possibilities.”

Reidell plans to make the event “bigger and better” every year, she said. She hopes to expand it to other grades to provide more students with both hands-on learning opportunities and interaction with community organizations.

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