By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Thursday afternoon was STE(A)M Day at Laconia Middle School and provided an opportunity for students in sixth through eighth grades to use art, hence the capital A, to show they are applying science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, in their studies.
Sixth-grader Katrina Hanks set up a display showing how she uses science and math in baking cakes and cupcakes from scratch and how she would run a business which sells the cakes.
Her display featured photos of the cakes as well as a business card she had designed to help her sales.
Zoe Lehneman, another sixth-grader, designed a display showing the water cycle at Laconia Middle School which charted what happens to rainwater which falls on the school.
Natalie Johnson, also a sixth-grader, set up a display showing pictures of her visit to the city of Laconia's water treatment facility on Stark Street and explained how the water which comes from Paugus Bay is treated and distributed.
The students worked several weeks on their projects, some of which were part of their curriculum according to Middle School Principal Christopher Ennis, who said that about 60 students took part in the event, which was designed to link art with technology.
He said that some of the projects worked on by eighth-graders are year-long efforts in which students create portfolios on computers which track what they have learned during and how they have used that knowledge.
Natalie Johnson, a sixth-grader at Laconia Middle School, stands next to a display which shows photos of her visit to the city of Laconia's water treatment facility (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)
Chantel Tabera, Memorial Middle School sixth-grader, listens as Katherine Hanks explains her display about how she uses science and math in baking cakes. Looking on is Zoe Lehneman, whose display describes the water cycle at Laconia Middle School. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)
Aarohn Dethvongsa, an eighth-grader at Memorial Middle School, has created a portfolio on a computer which tracks his use of science, technology, engineering and math skills over the course of a school year. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)
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