The STEAM Team is a collection of 20 plus students, led by Julie. These students are planning and organizing a Science & Technology Festival. Part of their aim is to engage the local and surrounding communities in science with hands-on activities, demos, and career panels. These young leaders rock!
My students love science and learning. They feel that a well rounded education in STEAM, particularly in the E and T (engineering and technology), is severely lacking in our district. That is why they are organizing a hands on Science & Tech Festival for our community. They want to bring together schools in our district from elementary to middle school to high school (targeting 4th-12th graders) for a day of playing, making, & learning. My students are in charge of finding not only presenters, lecturers, career panelists to answer audience questions, and scientists to demonstrate experiments, but they will also present their own STEAM related club activities. They chose to experiment with magnets, Ozobots and Little Bits for early coding, SnapCircuits, and circuit art. They plan to share their findings with the festival attendees. Students will learn the power of team-work, leadership, creative thinking, and presentation skills through this interactive event.
By working together to build the snap-based circuits, copper tape circuits, and draw your own circuits, the Tokay STEAM Team will be exposed to engineering and innovation, especially in light of the Maker movement. These skills can be applied to future careers or to solving environmental hurdles with creative solutions. Although the focus of the festival is science & technology, they see the arts and engineering specifically as extremely interconnected, with students working together with innovative materials to build something functional, creative, & aesthetically pleasing. They hope to innovate and creatively think much like artists with their paintbrushes, wires and magnets. Such a project will spur a new way of creative thinking and potentially create the next generation of "entrepreneurs."
In Their Own Words
We would like to push our creative boundaries by experimenting with Ozobots, Snap Circuits, Little Bits, & the rest of the supplies to learn more about electrical circuits and design. Our goal is to share what we learn at the STEAM Festival in order to inspire more kids to be actively involved in science. With your help, our STEAM team will be able to create, innovate, and problem solve in a medium many of us have never been exposed to, but are very curious about!
We currently meet every other Wednesday and will use the time to learn from trial and error to get our projects built and functioning. Various students will take on different roles and work together in teams on different projects, and we will all share our findings with and help each other if needed.
This project is important to us because it gives us an opportunity to explore engineering, specifically civil and electrical engineering. The opportunity to build and create in a fun environment will create excitement and interest in STEAM related activities that will create an awareness of how it affects our daily lives.
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