"Solar STEAM" is the theme of Western Row's STEAM night to be held May 11. The event is sure to be "out of this world" and filled with outer space related activities including rocket launchers, making moon sand, LED star throws, and a group art mural based on outer space.
"We are hoping to have artwork from the students on display too, and we are collaborating with the second grade STEM and art teachers for this event," shared WR third grade art teacher Kerry Kronenberger.
Throughout the school year, art teachers Kronenberger and Jeanetta Noble and science teachers Kim Peters and Karen Vome have integrated art and STEM into their classrooms. Students have in return learned the design process through the 'cardboard arcade activity' at the beginning of the year. Through peer collaboration, students were designers and engineers as they created a working arcade game by using simple materials such as cardboard and tape.
"Recently, the students began using technology to bring artwork to life as they animated their own version of Van Gogh's Starry Night using the Arduino program purchased through our Mason Schools Foundation grant," shared Kronenberger. "For upcoming activities, our third graders will learn about water conservation as they paint a rain barrel for the Save Local Waters auction at the Cincinnati Zoo. Also, we will be using technology and art to create a very special project - but that is a secret, so I can't go into too much detail!"
Watch a video of the Western Row third graders' Animated Starry Night using the Arduino program.
STEAM Night is open to all Western Row students and their families. The event will be held at Western Row from 6-8:00pm May 11.