SUPERIOR — Curiosity took flight at Four Corners Elementary School on Science Night on Tuesday, May 23rd.
Handmade paper rockets propelled by air soared into the sky. Eggs wrapped in bubble wrap, rubber bands, and paper wrappers were tossed to the ground from East Central Energy’s bucket trucks. The children mixed handfuls of glitter slime. They assembled a wooden project. Then they dug a trench in the sand to allow the rubber ducks to move downstream.
“It’s been a huge success,” said family engagement coordinator Ellen Chica. “He had over 200-225 people registered for this event, but he only has 191 children of hers, so more than half of the children have registered, which is great. .”
In front of schools, volunteer firefighters from Superior and Auckland distributed free bicycle helmets to students. Chika said he received a $2,250 grant from Essentia Health to purchase helmets for all of the students at his school. The children rode a bike rodeo course set up by Douglas County Sheriff Matt Izzard and several other sheriffs from the department.
“Kids usually love police cars. It’s good to be back in the neighborhood,” Izzard said.
Luciana Llanelli, Education Coordinator for the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, agreed.
“I think it’s important to meet people where people are, like community sites and schools, so I was very happy to receive an invitation to Four Corners,” she said.
NERR focuses on the St. Louis River area, but rural schools are located within the watershed.
“It’s important to be here because the kids here know the water and know what it means,” said Llanelli.
Senior Middle School STEM teacher Mike Schlangen helped his students build and launch paper rockets using an air compressor. This is a year-end event enjoyed by 7th graders.
The Four Corners students were doing very well, he said.
“It’s a lot of fun because you can build it in a million different ways. And whether it hits 20 feet or 100 feet, people are having fun. They just push a button.” said Schlangen.
Two senior high school students, Lily and Zach Holmquist, and their grandmother, Chris Bay, helped children and their families choose and not water plants donated by Sewing Machine Greenhouse and Landscape to take home. bottom. The three live near the school and have deep roots there. Lily and Zach’s mother attended this school when it was first built.
“This school is a very local, community-based, community-based school,” Bay said.
Science Night was organized by the Four Corners PTA and Chika.
“We try to do something fun for the kids every year,” said PTA President Chelsea Rasmussen.
Funds from the PTA helped pay for food and supplies, and community partners like Missinne’s, Home Depot, East Central Energy, and Essentia Health helped make everything free for our families.
Rasmussen said they did a patchwork operation together. The result, scientifically speaking, was a success.
“I like diversity, so I think everyone finds something that makes them happy. That’s right,” Chika said.
Maria Lockwood covers the news from Douglas County, Wisconsin on Superior Telegram.