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Fun night of learning
STEM takes spotlight at Bobby Ray event
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Teacher Mary Richardson shares balloons with students, from left, Arin and Arica Walker.

Over 300 students and family members took advantage of Family Math and Science Night at Bobby Ray Memorial. They were able to interact with each other, as well as representatives from the community to learn about lots of interesting subjects.
The function is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) event, with the ultimate goal to encourage students to take an interest in STEM subjects at an early age.
A variety of games were available to students allowing them to practice place value, addition and multiplication.
Imagination stations provided them the opportunity to guess how many gumballs were in a jar. They also had fun making 3D shapes from toothpicks and marshmallows.
Patsy Green brought her great-granddaughter Calleigh Cantrell to the event, offering some helpful advice.
“She is trying to estimate how many gumballs are in the jar,” said Green. “I told her to count how many were on the bottom, then count the rows and multiply them to get an estimate.”
Second-grade teacher Lynette Kesey spearheaded the evening’s activities, including many businesses and groups from the community.
“We are very thankful for all the support we received, and the generosity of everyone involved,” said Kesey.
Representatives from both Security Federal Savings Bank, and Homeland Community Bank talked with the groups about the importance of bank accounts, saving money and counting and sorting currency.
Paper airplanes were flying at the airplane station with students vying against their parents to build a better flying plane. Warren County Schools K-2 science coordinator Diane Parton practiced engineering skills by letting them build straw and paper airplanes.
McMinnville Electric System employees Jonathan Womack and Ronald Tallent were a hit with their facts concerning electricity and their miniature Power Town.
Clent Kesey represented Ben Lomand Connect, and taught children how a circuit works with them holding hands to complete a circuit. He also showed them and let them use a telephone working through a circuit, explaining the difference in copper and fiber cables. 
Motlow Mechatronic students use math and science skills to build many projects, including games that were demonstrated by Bobby Ray students. The children were able to take advantage of a mechanical Plinko game manned by Larry Flatt and Kristan Ware.
Bobby Ray fourth-grader Mariotza Castaneda tried her luck, and proclaimed, “That was so much fun, I want to do it again.”
The evening ended with the presentation of numerous door prizes, and everyone enjoying pizza, cookies and drinks.