STEM, STEAM Events Drew Crowds Last Weekend

STEMFest Flier - topRobotics, 3D printing and science exhibits were some of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and STEAM (add art) events in Westchester and Rockland. Your intrepid reporter was under the weather; however, my source told me large crowds attended each event, and the New NY Bridge table was busy both days.

The non-competitive STEM Festival Saturday at Southern Westchester BOCES featured projects Science/research (Research It!), Robotics (Program It!), Maker/inventor (Invent It!) and Engineering (Build It! projects made by 5th- through 8th-grade students as did previous year’s event at Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES.

Model bridge with iconic main span towers and lanes/NNYB

Model bridge with iconic main span towers and lanes/NNYB

Besides their fascination with the design, everyone wanted to hold the rebar sample — is really is heavier than it looks — and is curious about the new bridge being built next to the current one.

Exhibitors included the Watershed Agriculture Council, the Wolf Conservation Center, Think STEAM, Teatown Lake Reservation, Blind Brook Robotics, SUNY Maritime College, Mark Samis and Makers Empire 3D Printing Learning Program.

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After a fun-filled day/NNYB

After a fun-filled day/NNYB

Sunday’s STEAM Expo at Suffern High School for kindergarten through 12th grade was sponsored by REACH Foundation of Rockland, Inc. Among the participants/sponsors were Aufgang Architects, Cub Scout Pack 23, Teachers-to-Tutors, Artytime, Town of Ramapo Challenger Learning Center — I went there; it’s fascinating! — Little Ivy Academy, Coderkidz2, the Nature Place Day Camp, Hubble Telescope engineer Joe Blondin and Mad Science of Hudson Valley.

The day included an art show, sculpture-making with recyclables, coding workshops, a robotics demonstration and a hydroponic garden.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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