Remake Learning Days: Norwin STEM Showcase

Over 200 community members attended and participated in learning during Norwin’s stop on the Remake Learning Days tour.  Remake Learning Days is known as the region’s “largest open house of hands-on learning.”  Through the month of May, hundreds of events are held throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania to allow students the opportunity to “Wonder, Explore, and Learn Together” through STEM education.  Norwin was proud to inspire our next generation of creative and curious learners by hosting a STEM Showcase at Norwin High School on Thursday, May 12th to kickoff Remake Learning Days.  Children and adults of all ages spoke of being “inspired” and “amazed” when asked what they thought of the experience when they left for the evening.  

The STEM Showcase featured hands-on learning opportunities presented by teachers and students at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Our elementary presentations included a Coding Carnival and Sphero Robot Mini-Golf.  Hillcrest Intermediate School students presented an XR Galaxy Space Adventure that took participants out of this world.  The Middle School Girls who Code club took visitors to the Weird Zoo and created animals with Hummingbird Robots.  The High School hosted an eSports competition and introduced our newest gaming technology for our future eSports teams.

Many secondary students highlighted their work in Technology Education. High School students who competed in the Square One: Autonomous Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge proudly shared the autonomous tasks of their Power Wheels Jeep with guests. Students also featured their engineering feats through spaghetti bridges and architectural projects. Middle School students demonstrated their computer-aided design skills and explained how their creations came to life. 

“I was thrilled we chose to make this year’s Remake Learning event at Norwin a K-12 experience.  In the past, we have held a Remake Coding Carnival at the elementary level.  The students who participated in the first Coding Carnival are now in Middle and High School.  These students were very excited to have the chance to be a part of such a large-scale event that showcases the growth of STEM at Norwin. ”  Laura Swick, 7-12 Instructional Technology Support Teacher.

Mrs. Trisha Brunazzi, Hillcrest teacher, was interviewed by Remake Learning Days production crew. She spoke about the importance of using digital, engaging lessons in the classroom and why STEM is so important at all grade levels.   

Participants were treated to Norwin phone charger keychains and other door prizes as they made their way through the STEM Showcase.  Swick said “It was an amazing night and we were happy to share our STEM programs with the Norwin community.” 

The Norwin School District  looks forward to future participation in Remake Learning Days.