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Bringing Together Community, Education, and Fun in a Night of Exploration

The Elementary STEAM Night in Farmingdale truly showcased the wonders of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics in a fun and engaging way. The event brought together a diverse community of over 600 attendees who eagerly explored dozens of interactive stations with the guidance of 100 enthusiastic volunteers.

Numerous Farmingdale High School clubs, including Robotics, Science Olympiad, Women In STEM, Science Research Club, Health Science Club, and Theatre students, significantly contributed to the event's success. Additionally, teacher volunteers from the district's six buildings were present to ensure the event's smooth operation.

“STEAM Night holds a special place in my heart; it's my favorite event of the year,” expressed Dr. Kristen Cummings, the Director of Science. “Upon stepping in, one can immediately sense the vibrant atmosphere. Its collaborative nature truly sets it apart, uniting the entire district.”

From the electrifying demonstrations like A Shocking Development and The Science of the Electric Guitar to the hands-on activities such as Whirly Swirly Pipe Making Sounds and Make Your Ice Cream, there was something everyone could enjoy and learn from. Participants also had the chance to test their skills in challenges like the Space Lander Challenge and Slinky Fall, Fold, and Fly. One of the highlights of the evening was the opportunity for attendees to interact with high school students, who served as mentors at various stations. This collaboration fostered a sense of community and encouraged participants to participate in scientific practices. By asking questions, conducting investigations, analyzing data, and offering explanations, everyone had the chance to think like a scientist and engineer.

A significant event like STEAM Night requires countless hours of planning. Dr. Kristen Cummings, the Director of Science at Farmingdale School District, together with the National Science Honor Society Members, advisors Sara Whitaker and Mike Boyd, and STEAM Night Coordinators Tatiana Hakimian and Julie Bonventre, can look back with pride on an event that truly brought the community together in celebration of learning and innovation.

The success of this year's STEAM Night has set the bar high for future events, leaving the Daler community eagerly anticipating the next installment of this beloved tradition. The success of Farmingdale School District’s 5th Annual Elementary STEAM Night highlights the power of combining education and entertainment to inspire the next generation of thinkers and creators.

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