Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School Holds Their First STEM Expo

SPOTLIGHT On EXCELLENCE    Issue 24     March 2013

Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School Holds Their First STEM Expo

 
Annie Fisher STEM Lego League shows their exhibit to second grader, Xavier.
 
On January 31, 2013 Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School held its first STEM Expo.  The STEM Expo is an innovative alternative to a standard Science Fair that focuses on innovation, creativity, and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).  Months prior to the event, students in kindergarten through sixth grade were able to self-select from the following competition areas: Inventions, Reverse Engineering, Science Fair, and Science Fiction Writing.  Students then participated in a mini-course to deepen their understanding of the STEM area they selected and to provide assistance with the development of their project.  During the day of the STEM Expo, students presented their projects to judges.  The judges came from all over to support the STEM Expo. 
 
 
The winners of the Science Fiction Writing Awards
 
To showcase the students hard work, the PTO and Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School worked together to put on a Family STEM Expo Night.  It was a HUGE success!  Over 350 people attended and enjoyed a multicultural potluck dinner, family entertainment provided by Casey Carle Bubblemania, the students’ STEM projects on display, and an awards ceremony. 
 
The Grand Prize Winner who will go on to the City-wide Competition.
 
The staff at Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School is looking forward to expanding its STEM Expo next year to include new areas like Rube Goldberg Machines and Robotics.  The 2013 STEM Expo proved just how much fun STEM education can be for the whole family!
 
 
 
 
Kindergarten through third grade students' exhibits showed off their "Reverse Engineering" projects in which electronics were dismantled, explored, understood and separate parts were labeled.
 
 
For more information, please contact Rachael Manzer, STEM Coach, Pathfinder Astronaut Candidate
& Past President CT Science Teachers Association at 860-695-3500.
 

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