March was STEAM Month at Mason-Rice Elementary School, much of it concentrated into a very successful STEAM Week that brought 65 parent volunteers into classrooms for interactive presentations and hands-on activities in areas as diverse as human respiration, robots and artificial intelligence, the chemicals in nail polish, and the physics of sound from a violin. This year, they added a STEAM Playground of hands-on activities, which included:
- Creating electronic circuits with Fab Foundation
- Programming robots with KIBO and Root Robotics
- Working in teams to solve engineering challenges with Destination Imagination
- Learning about the effects of UV rays from the newly opened Newton Free Library Makerspace,
- Running digital relay races with Splats
- Meeting robots in a robot petting zoo with Joe Francazio and robots from Empow Studios.