On Thursday, January 30th, we were invited to help run a family math night at Fiske Elementary School in the evening to teach students problem-solving and logic skills. We were entrusted with set-up, clean-up, running stations, along with some MCing. Held in the Fiske Cafeteria, the event ran for two hours — and it was packed. Many of our volunteers had to juggle several students and activities at one time, along with questions from parents. At the same time though, we, along with the families, had lots of fun! Some of the stations we ran included a station where kids had to rearrange a set number of pieces to change a pattern, a station where kids had to draw outlines without lifting their pencil, along with several stations involving mathematics. At the end of the event, they announced the winners of an ‘Estimation Jar’ competition, and our Outreach leader announced several challenge problems for the kids to answer for the chance to win a prize.
Overall, this was a great way to introduce students to STEM outside of just robotics, as well as being a great way to get to know the community better. The next day, we were back at Fiske helping out with their science fair planning!