Barnhart School Celebrates Science as Part of S.T.E.A.M. Week Activities

From left to right: Barnhart students making necklaces from their own DNA: Helena Pollard, Hanna Pung, and Aiwa Wang

Barnhart School celebrated its first S.T.E.A.M. Week with Pi Day, a Day of Design and its sixth annual Celebration of Science featuring student project exhibits in Art and Science, demonstrators from the local community and Bobcat parents. One student, sixth-grader, Ikenna Ogbogu, set a school record and memorized over 600 digits of pi earlier in the week.

Celebration of Science exhibits included NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a functioning model of the Rover Curiosity by JPL engineers Nathaniel Thompson and Ryan Van Schilfgaarde, freeze-tag playing robots from La Canada Engineering Club first team 2429, Los Angeles Astronomical Society, a make-your-own DNA necklace from Bio-Rad and parent ambassador, Mark Gersh, Boy Scouts Troop 351 with parent William Declercq sharing demonstrations and models of rockets, fun science experiments from parent Carlos Gutierrez and even a kookaburra from Avian Resources’ Steven Duncan. Other parent participants included Robert Guana, Chris Towse, and Daniel Wilson.

“It was so impressive and inspiring to see the connection that students were making between what they are learning at Barnhart and the real world science that our scientist parents and friends of Barnhart were demonstrating! Our students walked away with a sense of excitement about a career in science,” said Ethan Williamson, Head of School.

S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Located in Arcadia, California, Barnhart offers a private K-8 education. Distinguishing programs of Barnhart include Spanish at all grade levels, daily physical education, the Virtues Project™ character development program, the creative writing for kids program with the Lucy Calkins’ Writer’s Workshop, a choral group, and an on-site harvest garden. The school has an early literacy emphasis, a 1:1 technology ratio and an average 12:1 student-teacher ratio. Barnhart is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Established in 1959 by Dr. Ethel Barnhart, Barnhart is affiliated with the non- denominational Santa Anita Church. Visit for further information or to inquire about a tour.




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