Program includes hands-on science

HOWLAND –Third and fourth graders at Howland HC Mines School learned of Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion during a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) learning program.

HC Mines Principal Jennifer Stephenson said the ”Power Party” was sponsored by Superintendent Kevin Spicher’s Academic Committee / Advisory Council of Howland Schools.

The event included two instructional sessions.

While Youngstown State University computer science student led a computer program on coding called ”Programming Tech, Toys and Gadgets,” Spicher, as scientist ”Sir Isaac Newton” led a program on ”Newton’s Laws of Motion-O-Rama.”

Spicher, a former science teacher, said students learned the importance of working together as a team and seeing science and engineering career fields.

One activity had students on teams of three to five placing and protecting an egg inside a small package which was dropped 16 feet from a ladder to see if it would not break.

”The program combined science learning with using technology and math skills,” Stephenson said.

The children learned of Newton’s law of motion and gravity.

Stephenson said some of the activities the students learned in class as part of the state science standards. They recently completed state testing.

The first Saturday STEAM program was held in April where Trumbull Career and Technical Center engineering teacher Terri Fleming and science teacher Michael Alvetro led educational programs and activities.

Fleming led engineering activities and Alvetro chemistry and macromolecule lessons.

”We want to show the students how STEAM subjects are in every day life. We wanted to bring the community to the school.” Stephenson said.

She said plans are to possibly hold activities in the summer and next school year.

Logan Cook, 11, a fifth grader, said he enjoyed the egg drop activity.

”I like doing any science experiment,” he said.

James Baer, 10, a fourth grade, said he has always been interested in STEAM activities.

”I liked watching the eggs being dropped and seeing if they did not break,” Baer said.

Charlene Johnson was at the event with her daughter, Autumn Johnson, 10, a fourth grader.

”It was nice for the students to be able to attend a fun educational program.There was a lot of hands-on learning,” she said.

Autumn said she liked both the egg drop and the coding.

Gabriel Dejanovic, 10, a fourth grader, said he like learning to code and using different programs on the computer.

The committee that sponsored the event utilizes community resources to enrich the academic experience for students.