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Family STEAM Night slated for May 15

A mobile planetarium, a lesson on how to make stomp rockets and a presentation on cryogenics are just some of the activities children and families can partake in during the Tonawanda City School District’s inaugural STEAM Night!

STEAM Night will take place on Wednesday, May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Tonawanda Middle/High School, 600 Fletcher St. This free event is sure to take families on a fun-filled and hands-on educational adventure that interweaves science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

“We have a lot of exciting vendors and activities that will be showcased at STEAM Night,” Tonawanda K-12 Arts/STEAM Integrator Daniel Lynch noted. “We will be showcasing many of the awesome things we do with STEAM and technology in the district. This includes a drone obstacle course, an art-themed escape room, a virtual reality expedition, robotics display, many art activities and a whole lot more!”

“Our school district is proud to host this community event showcasing our STEAM program and initiatives,” Tonawanda City Schools Superintendent Dr. Timothy A. Oldenburg stated. “Our teachers and STEAM coaches have created an amazing opportunity for our families and community to engage with our school district and curriculum. I look forward to exploring these activities with our families and community members.”

The Challenger Learning Center of Lockport will be setting up the mobile planetarium, while the Microsoft Store will have computers for students to use Paint 3D. Bill Owens from Praxair will give the cryogenics presentation, and the City of Tonawanda Public Library will be doing the stomp rockets lesson. Additional vendors who will be attending include Shea's Performing Arts Center, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Erie 1 BOCES, the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and many more!

Three food trucks will be on site for families to purchase a snack or meal. These include a BBQ truck and salad truck from J&L Boulevard BBQ, as well as the Cheesecake Guy truck.

Artwork and STEAM projects will be on display from Tonawanda students in all grade levels. There will also be an unveiling of an interactive, conductive mural created by students outside the high school chorus room at the event.

“When you touch the paint, a sound file will play,” Lynch pointed out.

There will be an opportunity for families to enter to win prizes that range from a dozen Paula's donuts to a Kindle Fire.

STEAM Night is open to all students in grades K-12 and their families. Be sure to attend for a night of exploring, building, discovery and play!

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