Jefferson Primary School’s STEM/Math Family Night accomplished its goal of expanding intellectual horizons and inspiring students to challenge themselves in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
“Our first virtual STEM/Math Family Night was an evening of hands-on science and math activities for students and families to complete together,” Jefferson Principal Valerie Capitulo-Saide said. “The event included a science experiment fled by our RtI math teacher/coach, chromatography and a range of math activities differentiated by grade that engaged our Jefferson families in the learning process.”
Faculty and staff members shared with parents fun and educational activities they can do at home with their children.
“In an ever-changing, increasingly complex world, it’s more important than ever that our nation’s youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions,” according to the US Department of Education. “These are the kinds of skills that students develop in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.”
Jefferson teachers and translators included Luz Marotta, Jeanine Caras, Yili Callahan, Elle Chan, Sandy Ramos, Christine Moakley, Jessica Mora Rivera, Olivia Roberts and Colleen Wanser.
“If we want a nation where our future leaders, neighbors, and workers can understand and solve some of the complex challenges of today and tomorrow and to meet the demands of the dynamic and evolving workforce, building students’ skills, content knowledge and literacy in STEM fields is essential,” according to the US Department of Education. “We must also make sure that, no matter where children live, they have access to quality learning environments. A child’s zip code should not determine their STEM literacy and educational options.”