Virtual Family STEM Night at Hollydale

Bridging the gap between home and school during a pandemic.

A total of 60 families at Hollydale gathered via Teams Feb 11, 2021 to complete a STEM challenge. This amazing experience taught our student leaders, families, and staff the importance of working together & revisiting a plan to make improvements.

What a night! Thursday, Feb. 11, 60 student and staff families joined together to virtually participate in a STEM activity via Teams. Families registered through a Microsoft Form set up by Carmen Rodriguez, Parent Facilitator. Mrs. Kelly Jones, Academic Coach, delivered bags of supplies to all registering. Each bag contained supplies needed to build the most sturdy and highest tower by using 3 feet of masking tape and 50 straws AND a note to NOT open till the evening of the event. Instructions were sent home in Spanish and in English.

To begin the evening, participants listened to the book, Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty. Mrs. Jones led all in a discussion of the author’s message which was essential to completing this STEM activity: in order to fix a problem or create a product, one must work together as a team and keep trying until we get it just right! So many had a great time acting as physical engineers or architects to build family towers. Use this link to see some of the amazing towers built.  Four lucky families received donated gifts from Lidl and 2 teachers received Amazon Gift Cards.

We are grateful for Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Rodriguez for thinking of such a creative way to get our Hollydale family thinking and working together despite the distance we are keeping due to Covid. We appreciate all the guidance and support Kelly Bodner, District Title I Academic Coach for Science, showed us! It was certainly a collaborative effort from start to finish and so worth it! Our student leaders left begging us to do this again!

Laura Franco
Title I District Academic Coach

Contributing Author: Jennifer Ridgway, Assistant Principal at Cobb County Schools

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