Vestavia Hills Living


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2 0 1 7 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 37 V E S T A V I A H I L L S E L E M E N T A R Y L I B E R T Y P A R K Liberty Park Elementary hosted its first STEM Night in February, providing an opportunity for students and teachers to showcase the STEM efforts underway in the classrooms, says Principal Ty Arendall. "Student scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technology experts gathered together," he says. "Parents and their children worked side by side in the school gymnasium to find creative solutions to entertaining STEM challenges. After the opening session, families visited classrooms to explore hands-on science kits, maker spaces, and technology." In the school's Innovation (STEM) Lab, students led breakout learning sessions on coding and circuitry. Students collected stamps for each of the areas—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—and prizes were drawn for those who went to all four showcase areas. "There was a great turnout for this event and the smiles on everyone's faces showed that everyone had a great time learning together," Arendall says. STEM curriculum has become increas- ingly important at VHELP, with students competing in local STEM competitions, as well as participating in the school's new coding club and Makerspace club. "STEM benefits include higher-order thinking skills, practical application of STEM subjects, engineering integration, technology integration, student engagement, creativity and problem solving," Arendall says.

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