Chesterfield students to demonstrate STEAM skills

Community is welcome at free event May 9 at Science Museum of Virginia

Did you hear? STEAMmania is May 9.Elementary students from Chesterfield County Public Schools will demonstrate enthusiastic problem-solving and teamwork during STEAMmania 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 9 in the newly restored rotunda of the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. in Richmond. The event is free and open to the public.

STEAM (which stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math) has exploded across Chesterfield County Public Schools, causing the annual STEAM fair to split into two events: STEAMmania on May 9 and an earlier event for middle and high school students.

STEAMmania will include minute-to-win-it challenges, such as balancing four empty soda cans on a paper plate floating in water or bouncing a pingpong ball onto a piece of bread covered in marshmallow fluff. In addition to minute-to-win-it competitions for elementary school teams, there will be opportunities for parents, siblings and others to participate in impromptu minute-to-win-it challenges on May 9.

STEAMmania will also include

  • timed competitions that challenge school teams to creatively and efficiently solve problems involving engineering, science, math or art
  • displays of student research in these areas: biological, environmental, physical or innovations
  • a 12:30 p.m. awards ceremony

More information about STEAMmania is available in the events section of