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S.T.E.A.M. Carnival brings day of fun, learning to students

One Warwood Middle School student today called the S.T.E.A.M. Carnival the best day of their life.

One Warwood Middle School student today called the S.T.E.A.M. Carnival the best day of their life.

And while the event can't be held every day, the interactive learning exercises from S.T.E.A.M. Day will be fresh on students' minds for a while.

Warwood Middle School hosted their first S.T.E.A.M. Carnival, an interactive learning day made possible by a S.T.E.A.M. Initiative Grant the school received. The program places emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art and math.

"Today is about having kids do some hands on activities, using their collaboration communication skills, problem solving skills, critical thinking and very much their creativity coming out in a project that they're competing against other students for,” said Monica Supanik, a science teacher at Warwood Middle School.

Students rotated through four classes, each with a different project.

In one room, they found the best way to protect an egg when dropped from above. In another, they built a pumpkin catapult. Down the hall, creating the tallest stack of balloons. Not far away, a winding path for a mobile marble.

"I like that, because you get to learn while you're doing other stuff,” said 8th grader Shantel Rouse. “That's fun."

The kids then used their skills to create Rube Goldberg machines before the day's winners were honored with awards.

While it was a fun day for students, staff also saw the benefits of switching up the routine.

"There are no behavioral problems today because they are so focused on the task at hand,” Supanik said. “It's really good to see that."

School staff says they'd like to see the S.T.E.A.M. Carnival become an annual event.

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