Hands-on Learning at the STEAM Expo
On Thursday, March 28th, Alexandria Public Schools will host the 5th annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) Expo from 4:30-8:00 p.m. at Alexandria Area High School. This fun, educational event is free to attend and open to the public. Healthy food and refreshments will be available for purchase for only $4.25 - children PreK through Grade 5; $6 - children Grade 6 and up & adults.
The STEAM Expo creates education events appropriate for all ages, promoting science and the arts for PreK-12 and the community. The goal of the event is to create enthusiasm for learning through hands-on and interactive activities that demonstrate how much fun STEAM can be – showcasing the elements of STEAM curriculum and connecting learning with real-world application.
Some highlights of the event include:
- The Bell Museum of Natural History ExploraDome Planetarium will feature The Solar System. Participants of all ages will explore the Sun, planets, moons, and more, and learn how Earth fits in with the structure of the Solar System.
- 20 exhibitors will be on-site offering engaging activities in their booth area for PreK-12 and community.
- Attendees of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in fun hands-on activities in the state-of-the-art Culinary, Art and Design/Build high school learning labs. For example, make an edible engineering project; try your hand on the pottery wheel; come and watch 3D printers and other CNC machines and take home a free trinket.
- Head into the gymnasium where you can see the high school robotics mechatronics team demonstrate what their robot can do; work with the 3M Visiting Wizards to solve a “crime” while learning about crime solving and forensic techniques; test your photo skills with a couple sample shots in a photo booth; and try hands-on activities with ALP Utilities to see heat using a thermal laser thermometer and an infrared camera.
- Take-home projects – make recycled paper, decorate a magnet, make your own creations with air dry clay, or assemble a cedar suet bird feeder to take home!
- Tap into your arts creative self in the Performing Arts Center where you can handle and play with real musical instruments; and participate in some fun improv activities with the high school improv team.
- Let high school visual arts students transform you into a caricatured cartoon, which you are able to take home.