St. Vitus School projects celebrate all things STREAM

Monday, December 30, 2019 - Updated: 11:15 am

St. Vitus School in New Castle recently presented its STREAM Showcase 2019 on National STEM Day as a way to recognize the community’s efforts and accomplishments this year in all things STREAM (science, technology, research/reading/religion, engineering, art and mathematics).

It was a night of firsts, with the first time the school celebrated National STEM Day, the first time for a STEM event at the school and the first time a drone flew inside Fabbri Hall.

The event, under the direction of STREAM teacher Melanie Widelko, showcased K-8 STREAM projects and gave the packed house a chance to tour the school’s new STREAM Lab classroom. Guests also had the opportunity to participate in STREAM activities like collaborative “paper tube” building, water bottle balloon blow-ups and 3D shape creation using marshmallows and toothpicks.

Fourth-grader Santino Costa, one of a handful of students who won awards for their STREAM work that night, said, “I can’t believe I won an award for doing a school project that didn’t feel like work because these are my favorite things — computers, devices and creations.”

St. Vitus students like Costa were on hand during the STREAM Showcase to demonstrate how to code robots, fly drones and even crochet. Attendees, including Michelle Peduto, diocesan director of Catholic schools, were impressed by the students’ ingenuity and talents.

Principal Ed Sharbaugh said, “We’ve met almost all of the goals we set for ourselves this year in the area of technology, STREAM and innovation, so we are very excited about that, but we’ll, of course, continue to nurture and grow these programs.”

“We have a few things still up our sleeve, but judging by the success of tonight, I think it’s safe to say we will begin looking at expanding this STREAM Showcase experience into a full-week STREAM summer camp for area kids,” Widelko said.

For information on St. Vitus School and the “firsts” that are yet to come, visit http://stvitusschool.com.

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