• Science and Arts Night Out

    "It's awesome!  You get to look at cool art and do some science,"  shared a first grader from Lake Spokane Elementary School.  All four schools combined to create a phenomenal night of hands-on science and art, with live performances. Thirty-nine stations of interactive learning activities and displays packed Lakeside High School's gym, and the cafeteria was filled with art displays, art projects, and live music and performances for Science and Arts Night Out. This event was a collaboration of the District's Science Committee and area organizations to give parents and kids the opportunity find the connections between science and the arts.  It was held on Tuesday, February 27, and families turned out in force.

    Renewable energy was explored at a table manned by fourth grade teachers, who demonstrated wind power energy by building windmills.  "Does air take up space even under water?" was the concept question for an investation led by second grade teachers.  Paper towels were placed in plastic cups, turned upside down, and submered in water. Predictions were made on whether the towel would stay dry or get wet.  "It's cool," shared a third grader.  "People show you wierd things in science."  

    Sixth grade students from Lakeside Middle School led an investigation on how to test for calcium carbonate in shells, rocks, and chalk using hydraulic acid, and seventh graders taught people how to make slime.  Once again, Mr. Steve Olson, a Lakeside high school science teacher, wowed the crowd with experiments involving combusiton reactions;  the results were explosive!
    Several agencies brought displays and learning activities.  The Geology Department from EWU invited people outside for a demonsration of a volcanic eruption.  Spokane Solid Waste showed how to build a worm bin for composting kitchen scraps, the National Weather Service explained the Earth's water cycle and cloud formations, and Auqa Duck taught about the Spokane Aquifer and pollution prevention.
    Art displays covered the tables in the cafeteria.  Elementary through high school artists' drawings, painting, and weavings were highlighted.  Hands on art activities included bio-art and fossil making.  Student musicians and drama students were featured in a rotation of performances throughout the event.
    At Science and Arts Night Out our community experienced a new trend in education...STEAM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  Art has been added to STEM.  While STEM subjects teach students to think critically and build math and science skills, art develops design principles and encourages creative solutions.  Students and parents learned how science and art can translate into careers.    Everyone experienced the excitement of science and the creativity of art.