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Posted on Jan 14, 2019

STEM Night returns to junior high, with a twist

The night will belong to the budding scientists in the room on Jan. 15.
STEM Night is an event meant to share the knowledge of junior high students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math with their parents and younger siblings. Quincy Junior High School, for the second year in a row, will host a STEM Night, starting at 5 p.m.
This year’s event will not be a showcase of things the students have built, said teacher Trevor Sill. Instead, students will build stuff during the event, alongside Mom and Dad.
“The parents get to build instead of watch something the kid already built,” QJHS principal Scott Ramsey said.

Teacher Trevor Sill, left, helps a Quincy Junior High School student with his glider at STEM Night last year.
File photo

Some of the experiments happening include: making F-22 Raptor gliders; building bumpers on cars carrying an egg; using inventor kits; doing blood pressure and heart rate checkups; and building structures using wooden planks.
Sill, a QJHS teacher helping organize STEM Night, said the students, ages 12-14, have been using an approach to problem-solving that involves research, design, testing and creating.
“What the problem is, what do we have to work with, how do we try it out, how do we test it,” said Sill, listing some of the questions this approach answers.
“We are trying to get kids to get deeper into problem-solving,” Sill said, “get them to understand the challenges.”
These skills will serve them long after eighth-grade is over and they are done with STEM nights, he added.
Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Dinner and admission are free, and there will be door prizes available.
This will be the only STEM Night of the school year at QJHS. In March, the school will host Project Night, but this will be the only night that will focus on science, technology, engineering and math.
Ramsey encouraged parents and students to show up to both.
“We just love to see people here, taking part in the activities,” he said.

By Sebastian Moraga,