Paxton School students from pre-k to high school, and even parents, were engaged in exciting STEM activities at the Nov. 29 Science Night. The science themed night was held in conjunction with a home basketball game and students had the opportunity to participate in various science activities throughout the night's games including piloting a flight simulator with the assistance of Major Justin Elliott, a U.S. Air Force test pilot, launching straw rockets with Dr. John Fay, a scientist with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, and trying their hand taking photos with a thermal imaging camera with Rob Wilson, an engineer with FLIR.
In addition, students operated Sphero robots, got their hands dirty with oobleck, attempted to knock cups off a cheerleader's head with an air cannon, made aerospace artwork out of Wikki Stix, and even took science selfies.
PHS sends a huge thank you out to the Northwest Florida chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for providing STEM professionals to teach students and donating a Sphero robot to give-away, as well as FLIR for providing a STEM professional and donating a thermal imaging camera as a prize. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.