Stamford Public Schools (SPS) will recognize Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics—all things STEM—from May 15 through May 20, 2017. Each day that week, students throughout the district will be expanding their understanding of STEM through lessons and activities, both in and out of the classroom.
STEM Week will culminate in the district’s fourth annual Stamford STEMfest on Saturday, May 20, 2017, (rain date May 21), at Mill River Park in Stamford, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. STEMfest is a free, day-long event featuring hands-on, STEM-based activities for all ages.
To celebrate STEM Week, on May 19, Davenport Ridge Elementary School is transforming its hallways into ‘Halls of STEM,” where students will have the opportunity to explore many STEM areas, including natural habitats, two-dimensional mathematics displays, plants and the human brain.
At Hart Magnet Elementary School, the students will be celebrating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) with activities that include grade-level field trips to the Barlett Arboretum and Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, as well as a visit from the Beardsley Zoo. In addition, the school is hosting its Third Annual STEAM Night on May 17, from 6:00 to 7:30, during which families will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities such as rocket building, tower building and breath-powered car designs.
Scofield Magnet Middle School is hosting a STEM Career Day on May 16. Some of the careers students will learn about are actuarial science, qualitative and quantitative research, and collision analysis and reconstruction.
SPS administrators and teachers are encouraged to post photos of activities in their schools using the twitter hashtag #spsprideSTEM.
The goals of the Stamford STEM Week and STEMfest are to build awareness about STEM in our community, specifically with students and their families, to show how STEM is inherent in everyday life and to increase the understanding of STEM-related career opportunities.
“It is particularly exciting that many of the activities at STEMfest will be run by SPS teachers and students themselves,” said SPS Assistant Superintendent—Secondary Michael Fernandes. “This is a unique opportunity for our community members to get a glimpse into what STEM educational activities look like every day in our schools.”
“We would like to express our gratitude to the many organizations and individuals who have made STEMfest a success through the years, especially the Mill River Collaborative and Stamford Public Education Foundation,” said Fernandes.
Visit the www.stemfest.us site to learn more about STEMfest.