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StoneBridge Celebrates STEM Day!

On Friday, April 14, StoneBridge held the first STEM Day, a school-wide special day where students explored science, math, technology, and engineering to build creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Teachers, parent volunteers, and high school students led hands-on stations that emphasized exploration and experimentation, all while strengthening their relationships with God by inspiring a sense of wonder and marvel at His creation.

Upper School Principal, Dan Jester, remarked, "STEM Day covers an area that hasn't been emphasized in other Special Day activities. It's important for us to give a venue for those who excel in science and math and for them to experience an outlet for their type of creativity. We are training them for life opportunities and we want everyone to see that there are careers where they can succeed." Lower School students began the day with an in-class, hands-on activity where teamwork and partnership were encouraged. Students explored trial and error, recording results and sharing them with their group. Next, Upper and Lower School students visited stations all around campus that displayed many professions, demonstrations, and activities related to STEM. "It was great to see so many dads involved on STEM Day. Half of the stations were led by Upper School student volunteers who were sharing their gifts and passions in leadership roles and it was exciting to see them shine," said Lower School Principal Barbara Wells.

Sophomores Trevor McMurray and Randy Bi led a station on how to make a wind turbine. "I loved coming up with the lesson, making the PowerPoint, and it was fun to be creative and help the kids learn and have fun," commented McMurray. Bi added, "STEM Day was different from other Special Days because it was very interactive in a new way." Other stations included activities related to forensics, fiber optics, Soap Box Derby, computer coding and programming, drones, green screens, water filters, chemistry, roller coasters (physics), home design technology, NASA, biology, animals and fisheries, geometry, and more areas of exploration and discovery. Mr. Jester concluded, "There are many people on staff who helped with STEM Day, but I'd especially like to thank Noel Thomason, Rebecca Dolph, Heidi Spargur, Susan Cognion, Cheryl Hunnewell, and Barbara Wells, for making our first STEM Day celebration a success."

Ms. Dolph, Upper School science teacher, commented, "The more knowledge we gain of the world, the more we learn about who God is. We want students to learn to appreciate, and get excited about, the uniqueness of God's creation which involves an understanding of the laws of nature placed there by God."