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Forest Oak Holds Second Annual STEAM Fair

Students and their families attended the second annual STEAM Fair at Forest Oak Elementary School on April 11, 2019.

 Close to 15 organizations from the community, in addition to two Red Clay high school clubs, participated in this year’s expanded fair. The goal was to engage students in hands-on activities that help them connect what they learn in school to the outside world.

After a quick pizza dinner sponsored by funds from Title 1, families gathered in the gym to investigate different activities related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). The fair included something for everyone. The University of Delaware brought its traveling zoo, complete with scorpions, spiders and assassin bugs while Faithful Friends brought dogs of different colors and sizes and showed families how to construct homemade dog treats. A big hit was the slime-making table.

Conrad biochemistry students helped students navigate the use of a prosthetic arm and try out their skills in laparoscopy while members of Dickinson’s STEAM Team helped students construct a string art project that combined all aspects of STEAM. In addition, Drama Kids International, Del Tech, IEEE, Boy Scouts, Rawlins Orthodontics, Kirkwood Highway Library, Western YMCA, and Science Olympiad provided information and activities for the students and their families.

PTA member Heidi Mulik, who saw a hands-on fair in Philadelphia and wanted Forest Oak students to have the opportunity to participate in engaging activities that could become future careers, organized the STEAM Fair. She said that having the Fair is like bringing field trips to the students.

Forest Oak Principal Erin NeCastro said, “The STEAM Fair gives students opportunities and possibilities and helps to prepare them for future jobs. Bringing representatives from STEAM fields opens students’ minds and exposes them to creative and innovative fields.” She was especially pleased to see Red Clay high school students giving their time to help her students at Forest Oak.

A STEAM curriculum not only incorporates science, math, engineering and technology skills but it offers students diverse learning opportunities. The arts component helps engage students’ strengths in expression and communication and increases motivation and the probability of success in other disciplines. Forest Oak’s STEAM Fair exposed students of all grades to a wide range of possibilities for future study and careers.