A fun night was had for all at William James Middle School as they hosted STEAM night with over 25 local and area partners. Alicia Trejo, the family engagement specialist for William James Middle School and two of its feeder elementary schools, Mill Creek and Julia P. Bryant, coordinated this year's event. Trejo says they try to have STEM night yearly, but this is the first year they combined career exploration with arts.
It was an engaging evening for students and their families as they explored the various interactive stations posted throughout the school. With activities involving science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, students were able to explore different modalities and get first-hand experience with real world industries and businesses.
Throughout the school, the Georgia Southern Wildlife Center, Georgia Power, The Botanic Garden at GSU, the Statesboro Regional Library, The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Ogeechee Technical College Nursing Department and many more were sharing information as well as providing hands-on activities. Students were able to actively participate in rock climbing, science experiments, building stethoscopes, and creating electricity. One of the the goals of the event was to show how fun STEAM subjects are and how they can be used in careers.
Trejo says, "We want to enrich our students and encourage them to keep learning about science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics so they can have a better opportunity to succeed in their future endeavors."
She hopes this will help the families learn about the local businesses and possible job connections for our students and community. She says, "Even though Statesboro is small, it is rich in experiences and opportunities!"