Middle and high school students blast into STEAM

Middle and high school students from Chesterfield County Public Schools will demonstrate enthusiastic problem-solving and teamwork during the annual STEAM Expo 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 9 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road. 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: the STEAM Expo on April 9 and an event in March for elementary students.

New this year is a performing arts visual challenge. This “Stylin’ Face Off” challenges high school teams to create a contemporary Greek god or goddess — including costume, makeup, hair and character analysis — for a commercial.

The STEAM Expo will include minute-to-win-it challenges, such as using an empty pizza box as a fan to move an egg 10 feet, stacking five apples on top of each other or bouncing a pingpong ball off dinner plates and into a fishbowl. In addition to minute-to-win-it competitions for school teams, there will be opportunities for parents, siblings and others to participate in minute-to-win-it games, “try this” stations and activities run by community groups.

The STEAM Expo will also include

  • information about careers in STEAM fields from such organizations as the Federal Reserve Bank, State Police Forensic Crime Unit, Dominion Virginia Power, Luck Stone and Northrop Grumman
  • timed engineering design competitions that challenge school teams to collaborate, communicate, think critically and creatively solve problems in the areas of science engineering (2016 theme is energy), math engineering (theme is math in medicine), art engineering (theme is product design), social studies engineering (theme is ancient civilizations), musical engineering, technology engineering and STEAM.
  • displays of student projects created through scientific investigation or innovations achieved using the engineering design process
  • awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m.

More information about the STEAM Expo is available in the events section of mychesterfieldschools.com.