STEM Fair 2016 Excitement
Lyons Mill Elementary started 2016 with the excitement of preparing for our very first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Fair. Lyons Mill Elementary’s mission makes sure that students are “empowered to achieve in literacy, math, engineering, and science.” By embracing this culture, ALL students from grades Kindergarten to Grade 5 participate in our STEM Fair.
On Wednesday, January 21, 2016, Lyons Mill opened its doors to judges, families, and community members. Over 200 families explored the building viewing STEM projects presented by every grade level. Meanwhile, the school gymnasium was filled with various clubs and community members promoting STEM. Visitors could explore and learn more about our school’s 3D printers, SLIME Club, and VEX Robotics. Exhibition tables featuring games from Marbles The Brain Store and the opportunity to learn about Light and Color were very popular. A special thank you to our parent Ms. Littlejohn who sponsored the Biochemists from Fort Meade - LTC Matthew Moser, PhD and CPT Robert Nadeau, PhD.
At the end of the evening, all visitors returned to the gymnasium to hear the surprise announcement of our very first 4th and 5th grade STEM Fair winners.
- Congratulations to fourth grade student, Yashwanth Santhosh Kumar, who won first place for his project which explored how wind speed affects the number of spins of an anemometer and its measurement.
- Congratulations to fifth grade student, Chandler Elias, who won for her project which explored how the level of turbidity would affect the amount of dissolved oxygen in water.
Both students will represent Lyons Mill Elementary during Baltimore County Public Schools Elementary STEM Fair scheduled for Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May14th at Parkville High School..
It was an exciting evening for Lyons Mill Elementary! Mr. Travis Russell, coordinator of our LMES STEM Fair as well as a fifth grade teacher wrapped up the evening by saying, "Thank you to everyone for making our first annual STEM Fair a big success. If you are involved in a STEM career or know of someone who is involved in a STEM career, please contact me so we can make next year's event even better." Mr. Russell can be reached through email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Positively Purple with NFL Play 60
On Monday, October 5th, students at Lyons Mill Elementary kicked off anti-bullying week by dressing in purple for positivity. In the afternoon, 625 students gathered in the gymnasium decorated with Ravens colors and Play 60 banners for a surprise assembly. The room was filled with anticipation and a chant of “Go Ravens!” spread through the “sea of purple”.
Lyons Mill Elementary jump started the NFL Play 60 Program led by Mr. Delke Crouthamel, the physical education teacher. The NFL Play 60 program encourages students to participate in at least 60 minutes of exercise each day. To kick off the event, Ravens players, Brandon Williams, Kamar Aiken, and Steve Smith, Sr. shared the importance of fitness and encouraged students to be active. Brandon Williams gave advice to students, telling them that they “can achieve their goals if they work hard.” Ravens cheerleaders and the Ravens’ mascot, Poe joined in the festivities.
Student representatives asked the players questions about fitness, positivity, bullying, teamwork, and encouraging others. Every student accepted the NFL Play 60 challenge by reciting the pledge: I, _____ pledge to take part in 60 minutes a day of activity, and I will continue what I’ve learned today to live a more healthy and active lifestyle.
Students participated in a variety of fitness activities such as rope climbing, army crawl, and hula hooping to earn the first sixty minutes in their activity logs. Ravens players, cheerleaders, and Poe all participated in the activities and helped to pump up the students. Selected New Town High School students helped facilitate the fitness stations along with Lyons Mill teachers. Throughout the next four weeks, students at Lyons Mill Elementary School will keep track of their activities and minutes both in school and at home to earn weekly prizes donated by the Ravens. At the end of the NFL Play 60 challenge, one winner will be honored on the field at the December 13th Ravens v. Seahawks game. Lyons Mill Elementary School principal, Mrs. Maralee Clark, said, “We are thrilled to have a partnership with the Ravens community and are excited that our students are motivated to be physically active for at least 60 minutes every day.”