In celebration of Stamford STEMfest, Stamford Public Schools (SPS) is recognizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics—all things STEAM—this week. Many schools have expanded their traditional STEM activities to include Art, adding the “A” in STEAM.
STEAM Week culminates in the district’s fifth annual Stamford STEMfest on Saturday, May 19, 2018, (rain date May 20), at Mill River Park in Stamford, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. STEMfest is a free, day-long event to inspire our students of all ages and their families through STEM-based hands-on activities and minds-on exhibits. The district will announce the winners of its 2018 Video Challenge at STEMfest at about 11:00 a.m. near the carousel.
In honor of STEAM Week, students across the district are expanding their understanding of STEAM through lessons and activities, both in and out of the classroom. At Toquam Elementary School, each day of the week has been focused on one area of STEAM. Davenport Ridge Elementary School will host its third annual Davenport Ridge STEM Experience on Thursday. During the school day Davenport will transform 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.
Scofield Magnet Middle School and Rogers International School expanded their annual spring concerts to spotlight art pieces created within the school’s art curriculum. Artwork is on display throughout the building for all to see during the school day and for parents to enjoy during the evening concerts.
To celebrate art learning, students from Strawberry Hill Elementary School enjoyed a recent field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, as part of the district’s Learning to Look enrichment program. And Hart Magnet Elementary School students are participating in an engineering challenge during their weekly Science Enrichment class and are problem solving, brainstorming, designing, building, evaluating, improving and sharing their solutions. In addition, each student will participate in a variety of coding activities during their weekly technology class, using coding programs and games.
SPS administrators and teachers are encouraged to post photos of activities in their schools using the twitter hashtag #spsmind #spsstemfest.
The goals of the Stamford STEAM Week and STEMfest are to build awareness about STEAM in our community, specifically with students and their families, to show how STEAM is inherent in everyday life and to increase the understanding of STEM-related career opportunities.
“SPS hopes that events like STEAM week and STEMfest pique curiosity in STEM-related fields, leading to the next generation of innovators,” said SPS Assistant Superintendent—Secondary Michael Fernandes. “It is especially exciting that so many of the activities at STEMfest are run by SPS teachers, students and our community partners.”
“SPS strives to create a learning environment where students are engaged and thrive. We would like to express our gratitude to the many organizations and individuals who have made STEAM education exciting, and to all those who have helped in the success of our 5th Annual Stamford STEMfest, especially the Mill River Collaborative and Stamford Public Education Foundation,” said Fernandes.