‘Professor K’ Gives Youngsters a Physics Lesson at STEAM Night

Karen “Professor K” Lorshbough was a bundle of energy as she recently taught about 120 enthusiastic, mostly elementary-school-age listeners about physics.
Lorshbough discussed a range of subjects­­ — from Sir Isaac Newton to gyroscopic motion and stability — with La Cañada Unified School District students last week as part of a district family STEAM night at La Cañada Elementary School. STEAM is an approach to learning that stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math and is aimed at better preparing students for higher education and future success in the workforce. Continue reading “‘Professor K’ Gives Youngsters a Physics Lesson at STEAM Night”

STEAM Night Energized by Robotics, Lego Fun

La Cañada Flintridge resident Brandon Cipes, his son Everett and STEM World’s Joe Huprich listen to LCHS student Nathan Yun talk about his robot. Yun belongs to the Golden Gears robotics team.
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La Cañada Flintridge resident Brandon Cipes, his son Everett and STEM World’s Joe Huprich listen to LCHS student Nathan Yun talk about his robot. Yun belongs to the Golden Gears robotics team.

Robotics took over the final STEAM night of the La Cañada Unified School District’s academic year.
A district-sponsored event at Palm Crest Elementary on Monday featured hands-on activities with robotics at two of several stations. STEAM, the educational concept that stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math, is aimed at giving students the tools to succeed in all of those disciplines, and some of the stations showed how they sometimes overlap.
“We’re super big on recruiting or giving a lot of younger kids opportunities in robotics,” said Nathan Yun, a 16-year-old junior at La Cañada High School, who is on the Golden Gears 9881 robotics team made up of LCHS students.
His Golden Gears teammate Ethan Cohen added that the squad, which recently competed in Houston in an event that included two other LCHS robotics teams, composed almost entirely of juniors with a few sophomores and seniors, and is looking for new blood. Continue reading “STEAM Night Energized by Robotics, Lego Fun”