Westminster College Faculty and Students to Conduct STEAM Night for Fourth- and Fifth-Graders


WHO: Dr. Tami Ensor, Assistant Professor of Education; Dr. Jo Morrow, Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr. Matthew Howell, Assistant Professor of Biology; Westminster College students; and area fourth- and fifth-graders as well as their families

WHAT: Stations will be set up to teach about science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, or STEAM. The fourth- and fifth-graders will learn how to extract DNA from a banana, code with Sphero balls, build spaghetti towers and straw rockets, and examine dinosaur and other ancient fossils, to name just a few activities.*

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, 2023

WHERE: Coulter Science Center on the campus of Westminster College, 501 Westminster Ave.

WHY: The purpose of Westminster’s STEAM Night is to demonstrate to area fourth- and fifth-graders that immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics is worthwhile  even fun  and can open their eyes to exciting career possibilities. The College’s experiential, hands-on approach to education is unsurpassed and noted for teaching students to make connections across disciplines. STEAM Night is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate those educational benefits to area children while also allowing numerous Westminster students to practice their teaching skills.


ABOUT: Founded in 1851 and home of Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech, Westminster College in Fulton is ranked prestigiously by U.S. News & World Report as the only National Liberal Arts College in Missouri. It is also listed as one of the top institutions in the country for economic mobility and return on investment, placing in the top 16 percent for graduate earnings with a more than 90 percent placement rate. Westminster is a Forbes Best Value College that focuses on educating and inspiring students to make an impact on the world around them. To find out more about Westminster, please visit our website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Sarah Backer at 573-220-9038 or Sarah.Backer@WCMO.edu.

*The Sphero ball activity is sponsored by MOREnet.

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Sarah Rummel Backer

Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.