MONSON — Scores of families turned out for a STEAM Night at Granite Valley School on Feb. 15. The STEAM Night was designed for students in grades 4-6 and their families.

This is the second year the school has hosted a STEAM Night.

Principal Joe Trivisonno said last year’s STEAM Night made for a “pretty packed house” with about 200 people. Assistant Principal Myriah Hudak said the event is an opportunity for students to build mastery of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art and math — standards, but also a chance for families to spend time together.

Families had dinner in the cafeteria and entered a raffle before moving onto the events. The first stop was the library, where tables were set up displaying books on science, engineering and other STEAM topics. There were also activities available for students to take home.

On the second floor, classrooms were set up with math games, engineering challenges, art building and sciences challenges. In some of the classrooms, projects were displayed that students had worked on in class. Families huddled around the projects while the children showed their parents how they worked, for example, using light and shadow.

“The kids have such excitement,” said teacher Amanda Nobbs.

“They’re very excited about hands on work.”

Teacher Sarah Casimiro said that because of the coronavirus pandemic, students who are in fourth grade now missed a few years of after-school events and being able to show their parents what they do in school. She watched three children show their parents as they worked out a math problem. “They’re kind of making up for it,” she said.

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