..What is a “STEAM Expo” and what happened to our science fair?
It’s right here! A STEAM Expo is a place where students can explore their interests in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Students are in charge of their learning and driven by their talents, passions, and interests.
The Tri-School STEAM Expo will be held on April 6 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Piedmont Middle School Multipurpose Room.
What types of projects will students be working on?
Each student is unique and Expo projects will reflect their individuality. Students may develop a traditional science fair project using the inquiry method as in previous years or explore an engineering problem following the engineering design process. They may be interested in working on a technology project or conducting a study in the field of mathematics. Students might express themselves and their learning through the visual or performing arts. Whatever our scholars decide to do, it will stem from their interest and motivation. If interests align, some students may choose to work with a partner or in a small group. Students are naturally curious and creative! A STEAM Expo VALUES PROCESS OVER PRODUCT. Students will be thinking, asking, discovering, and creating in their own individual ways and their final products will reflect that.
What if we have questions and how do we start?
Students will hear more about science, engineering, and art projects in classes with their elementary science specialists, Mrs. Broback, Ms. Tokunaga, or Mr. Taylor. Many students will need personal guidance. We will offer lunch and after school times to meet with students. Please contact us directly if needed. Once a plan is formulated, the Interest Form can be filled out and handed in to help us plan the event.
How will students share their amazing learning?
This is a student-led process, so we cannot predict exactly what final projects will consist of or look like. How exciting! Some projects may be best presented on a traditional tri-fold display, others will need to be presented electronically. More details about final projects can be found on the Presentation Guide.
All students must submit an Entry Form along with their finished tri-fold or electronic presentation telling the story of the 5 phases of their investigation. The Timeline and Project Log documents should help your student get started, persevere, complete and reflect on projects.
If you have any further questions or would like to volunteer to help the afternoon and/or evening of the event, please contact your site science specialist.