Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School’s Family Technology Night drew a crowd of several hundred students, parents and siblings, who were entertained and enlightened by the presenters participating in the event.
The evening also featured an open house for third and fourth graders attending other district school schools and their parents. Principal Donna Moro made a presentation in the auditorium that provided an overview of the academic program and extracurricular activities available to students at the STEM school.
Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School student council members Caroline McGreevy, Harrison Baliber, Brooke Parks, Uma Shtrom, Tess Calabria, Devon St. John, Lizzy James, Olivia Spada, Chloe Northrup, Braid Martin and Maggie O’Toole greeted and helped direct parents as they went about touring the building. “They were a huge help,” Ms. Moro said.
The school gym was jammed throughout the evening. Guest technology presenters set up stations that students rotated through. There were all kinds of gadgets, gizmos, robots and assorted machines and gear that kept the youngsters interested, if not downright fascinated.
Presenters included Dr. Leemor Joshua-Tor, Dr. Jonathan Ipsaro, Dr. Chris Hammell and neuroscience graduate students Lital Chartarifsky, Caroine Hernandez and Shaina Lu all of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Kevin Hershfield of the Cradle of Aviation Museum; Glenn DeVeau on water purification; Dom Spada of the Halesite Fire Department on thermal imaging equipment; Amanda Lavery of Farmingdale State College; Huntington High School robotics team students; Jessica Kuhn of Stony Brook University; FND Group on global water purification, water safety and water crisis management; Huntington High School science research program students; Patti Woods of Grassroots Environmental Education; David Fanning and Arman Haque of New York Institute of Technology; Will Jackson of Brookhaven National Laboratory; John Suozzi, Matt Glazer, Scott Kraft and Guido Vonelli of various makerspace groups.
“The excitement in the building was contagious,” Ms. Moro said. “It was nice to see both our current and future students engaging with local scientists and engineers to experience firsthand what it means to learn by doing.”
Parents and current third and fourth graders interested in attending Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School next year enjoyed Ms. Moro’s informative presentation in the auditorium.
The principal explained the school’s “overarching goal” is to “provide an innovative interdisciplinary STEM infused learning environment emphasizing practices that promote the use of inquiry, creative and critical thinking, learning by doing, problem solving and reflection.”
Parents learned more about some of the school’s activities, including the FIRST LEGO League, Invention Convention, Rollercoaster Engineering Night, Science Fair and Science Inquiry Fair and Family Technology Night.
Ms. Moro discussed the school’s makerspace, where students come together to create, invent and learn, often with professionals in STEM fields. Sample student schedules were presented along with a list of extracurricular activities offered, including drama club, garden club, computer programming club, chess club, bridge club, newspaper club and student council.
Tours of the school proved popular. Refreshments were served in the cafeteria. Current STEM students were on hand to meet third and fourth graders and their parents and discuss their experiences in the building.
If the amazed and excited looks on the faces of participants and the smiles flashed as the crowd made its way to waiting cars were any indication of how the evening went, then it can easily be judged to have been a success.