Lansing at Large: STEAM month back for family learning

Parents and teachers work together to create educational opportunities

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The Lansing Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) began their fourth annual “Warm Up Your Winter with STEAM” celebration on Feb. 1 with the launching of the “Build the Robot” box tops contest at R.C. Buckley Elementary School.


STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) marks February each year by promoting hands-on workshops, activities, and learning opportunities for all Lansing residents from school assemblies and classroom activities, to family fun nights and community events.


Information about events is available on the PTSO Facebook page – the official hashtag for the events is “#LansingNYSTEAM.” All activities are free.


“STEAM has been wonderfully received across the district and is the pinnacle PTSO event,” said Kristin Hopkins, PTSO president. “This year, the high school is turning their STEAM Saturday into ‘S-cubed’ day as they’ve organized other events around STEAM to increase student participation and build a fun community-oriented day for students. STEAM in the morning, ice skating in the afternoon (see below), and then the Winter Semi-Formal.”

This year’s events include:

  • R.C. Buckley Elementary School “Build the Robot” box tops contest
    Help your student’s grade build their robot by sending box tops to school Feb. 1 through 28. In this friendly grade versus grade competition, 20 box tops will earn a piece for the robot. The grade who builds the most complete robot by Feb. 28 will earn a silly surprise with principal Lorri Whiteman in March.
  • High School STEAM Day: Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    All high schoolers are invited to STEAM Saturday. Come socialize, eat pizza, win prizes, and participate in amazing art, science, math, engineering, and tech workshops hosted by experts from the community, Cornell, and Ithaca College.
  • Middle School STEAM Day: Feb. 9 from 2:45 to 5 p.m.
    Middle School students are invited to get hands-on with Mass Spectrometry - What’s In There?, Working with Clay, Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions, Virtual Reality Empowered Design, and littleBits during their STEAM event. Students will select two workshops to attend and pre-registration is required. Following the workshops, there will be a popcorn social and live demonstrations.
  • Lansing Day at the Johnson Art Museum: Feb. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m.
    Bring the family and discover how the science of art is created by blending different materials. Enjoy hands-on activities in the studio and on “touch carts” throughout all areas of the museum. Parking and admission to the museum are free.
  • R.C. Buckley STEAM Night - Family Coding: Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    All R.C. Buckley families are invited to attend our first ever schoolwide “Family Coding Night.” Parents and students will be able to participate in an hour of computer programming together, as well as fun, hands-on games that explore the various aspects of coding. This evening is age appropriate and accessible for kindergarten through fourth grade.
  • R.C. Buckley Math-a-thon: Feb. 25-28
    For the fourth year, all 465 R.C. Buckley elementary students will be counting down to their STEAM Night with a school-wide Math-a-Thon. Each morning for four days, the whole school will drop everything and complete two minutes of math facts. Each day of the Math-a-Thon is generously sponsored by local businesses.
  • Lansing Observatory Night @ Fuertes Observatory, Cornell: March 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.
    Join us for stargazing from the telescope dome of the historic Fuertes Observatory on the Cornell campus. An exclusive viewing for Lansing families will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dress appropriately for the weather as the dome opens to the outside. Free parking is available across the street in the Appel Commons parking lot.

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