Evart Elementary’s Family Fun Night highlights science fair, Star Lab

Emiley Babb uses a computer to "drive" robotic balls around a classroom on April 11 at Family Fun Night at the elementary school. (Herald Review photos/Brandon Fountain)

Emiley Babb uses a computer to “drive” robotic balls around a classroom on April 11 at Family Fun Night at the elementary school. (Herald Review photos/Brandon Fountain)

 

EVART – Evart Elementary students Emiley Babb and Alex Mosher-Kunan grinned wildly as the small robotic balls whirled across the floor of the classroom.

SCIENCE: Evart Elementary School's monthly Family Fun Night on April 12 included a science and technology theme. Students, siblings and parents had a chance to visit the Star Lab from the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District, look through science boards displaying students' experiments and control robotic balls from a computer.

SCIENCE: Evart Elementary School’s monthly Family Fun Night on April 12 included a science and technology theme. Students, siblings and parents had a chance to visit the Star Lab from the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District, look through science boards displaying students’ experiments and control robotic balls from a computer.

Babb and Mosher-Kunan, along with their schoolmates and their siblings, parents and grandparents, all had a chance to maneuver and drive one of the mechanized ball’s movements with their fingertips on the keys of a laptop, during Tuesday night’s Family Fun Night at the school.

Along with the robots, the theme of the night was Science Fair, showcasing students’ science boards, detailing a variety of students’ experiments using the scientific method, said Aaron Wetters, a Title I teacher at the school.

“The fourth-graders were required to do the science boards,” he said, adding the other students also made their own.

“There’s a good representation from all grade levels for the science boards.”

Students and family members also had the opportunity to gaze upon the stars and learn about the constellations as the Star Lab from the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District was on hand.

Before their turn inside the Star Lab, siblings Lily and Leland Loomis enjoyed controlling the small robots.

“It was fun,” Leland said, as his big sister agreed with a smile.

“It was awesome,” Lily added, saying she always liked the idea of controlling a robot with a computer.

The school hosts Family Fun Nights nearly every month during the school year, minus December and May, Wetters said.

“(Family Fun Night) is part of the requirements for Title I,” he said. “We have to have families involved.
“We want the school to be a familiar place to families. We want it to be an inviting place to them and bring families here to let them know we are accessible and welcoming to them.”

While it may be required, Wetters explained the different themes for each night are centered on not only on fun, but also supports curriculum.

“We try to have an activity or two that engages the family,” he said. “We also have dinner with Family Fun Night or try to have a dessert or snack for them.”

Wetters added attendance at the monthly, family-oriented event remains strong.

“There are some schools that are happy when 20 to 30 show up for something like this,” he said. “We have many here every month, usually 100-plus.”

Lily and Leland Loomis’ mother, Annette Moleski, said Family Fun Night is something they look forward to each month.

“It’s really important for them to come,” she said. “Every time they have it, we come.”

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