Eastham’s Family Fun Engineering and Math Nights

BY Muriel Brown 

Eastham Elementary School

Project Description

The goal of this project is to bring parents, children, teachers and the community into the school for a shared fun learning experience.  This will be done 2x year.  The objectives are to have parents interacting with their children in a fun, safe environment and to include other members of the community to participate.   There will be approximately 10 math stations and several engineering stations run by high school students. The math
stations are games that will allow the participants to interact with each other while practicing some basic math skills.  It will be open to the K-5th grade student body and their families.  The engineering stations will allow the families to build a take home car, design a schoolhouse with electrical circuits to run the lights and other components, build a sail for a land locked boat and use wind to power it. The Parent’s Group will also be involved in some way.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

The success of the project will be determined not only by the number of families participating but the reaction of the families to the evening.    There will be a follow up survey for participants and community members to complete.  There will also be a media site for the high schoolers to add comments they heard and for their opinions of how well it went.

Benefit to the students and the school

The benefit for the school is that the children and families can come together and socialize while having quality family time. The parents can connect to their children through educational games and design engineering and the children will have the chance to show their abilities to their parents.  This is an opportunity for the younger children to observe older role models in the high schoolers.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

One evening will occur in the spring and the other in the fall during Massachusetts STEM week.