GT Norman's science, technology night draws a crowd

REED CITY — Alivia Leusby giggled loudly as Alyssa Wright placed a balloon on the side of her head. The balloon clung to the young girl’s hair, as the two of them experimented with static electricity.

Wright and Leusby were among hundreds of kids and parents who attended G.T. Norman Elementary School’s Science and Technology Family Night on Feb. 1.

The event had been rescheduled after a snow storm closed school on Jan. 18.

Pizza and salad were served for dinner before students were able to participate in a variety of activities. Four different fun-themed, hands-on science experiments were set up for students to attempt, and many quickly lined up for an opportunity to “drive” the robots designed and constructed by the Reed City Middle and High schools robotics teams.

There also were arts and crafts stations set up for parents and students as they waited for their chance to check out the Starlab, an inflatable and portable earth science laboratory to show school children the night sky.

Finishing their craft creations, Garry Shook and his G.T. Norman student Alekz Talbot said they were happy to attend Family Night.

“This is the first year he’s been at G.T. Norman so it’s the first chance we have had to come to this,” Shook said. “It was really nice. The Starlab was definitely entertaining and very informative.”

“It was entertaining,” Talbot added. “I learned a lot; like the Big Dipper isn’t just one star, but you have to connect all the stars there together.”

“We’re definitely doing it again.”

Family Night has become a tradition for students and parents, as well as teachers.

“Family Night is a chance for us to engage parents and students,” said Title I teacher Dorey Gray. “We like to promote more educational activities that students and parents can do together. We like seeing the parents involved in these positive interactions.”

Assistant Principal Rob Nista estimated between 400 to 500 students and parents attended Wednesday’s Family Night.