Silver Lake Elementary School celebrates inaugural STEAM Night

Students and parents experimented with balance in the Chicken Balance Game. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

Event organizers thought a STEAM Night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) would be a good way to merge student learning in STEM and join with community members like Imagine Children’s Museum to enhance student learning.

Almost 150 students and their families attended the event and enjoyed an evening of math games, robotics, creating art and seeing displayed artwork.

Left Coast / Right Coast: My View of Energy

Mike Gold living the dream in the Pacific Northwest. Photo credit: Frank Hammer.

We all would like to think we can save the planet. That’s assuming you believe the earth is getting warmer due to CO2 generation – from all the fossil fuel burning activities going on all over the earth.

In China, they are opening up a new plant every seven to ten days although that appears to be slowing down recently. But coal trains rumble by my home above the Burlington Northern railroad tracks on Puget Sound – bound for shipping to China from a port in Bellingham north of Seattle.

"What’s Blooming in your Garden?" by the Whistling Gardener

Camellias are blooming! Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

It’s official, spring is now here. This week marks that magic moment when our days finally become longer than our nights.

Of course there is no guarantee that any of these days will actually have the sun shining but it is at least encouraging to know that the potential is there to experience on the average three more minutes of daylight every day from now until the summer solstice, at which time we start losing three minutes a day until we hit the fall equinox when once again the days become shorter than the nights.