Recently, Fountain Valley School District hosted its Second Annual Polar Day.
Polar Day is the celebration of the Antarctic Treaty, which was signed on December 1, 1959. This treaty is symbolic of the true collaboration amongst nations for science and arctic research. The theme this year was A World United Through Science and throughout the day, FVSD students and families were UNITED in learning and fun.
This event is designed to showcase various STEAM activities in FVSD. The effort was led by the District's OC STEM Initiative Team, which consists of teachers, support staff, parents and administrators.
OC STEM exists to foster Orange County's economic competitiveness and sustainability through promoting STEM competencies across the educational continuum.
This year, we had a number of distinguished guests (current researchers) who provided presentations on various topics. These guests included: Dr. Susan Natlai from the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, Dr. John Shade from the National Science Foundation, Melinda Nicewonger from UCI, Dr. Wendy Marshall from Ocean Quest, Dr. Jeff Bozanic, Distinguished Visitor and Explorer Mr. Dean Hadley, who was on the first Canadian ship to travel through the Northwest Passage in 1940, and our very own FVSD science teacher, Mr. John Wood, all of whom shared their experiences in the Arctic with pictures, stories, and even real ice.
Students participated in hands on science (STEAM) lessons, played games, decorated cookies, and made a variety of polar themed crafts. The Polar Day team also challenged each school to create a specific Arctic Research Station made of gingerbread.
This was an amazing day for FVSD families to come together and and enjoy science, while celebrating global collaboration in our own community. Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered, and to the Fountain Valley Schools Foundation for their support. For our community to engage in STEAM activities and to learn from active researchers from both polar regions is a wonderful and unique offering from FVSD. In the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty itself, we continue to work cooperatively throughout the District and community to highlight our programs and best practices.