Sea Cliff S.T.E.A.M. Fair Exhibits A Passion For Learning
On Tuesday, May 7th, Sea Cliff students showcased their science, technology, engineering, art, and math knowledge in the 2019 S.T.E.A.M Fair. In a symposium format, students displayed and presented their projects for the entire school to see! After-school, parents and guests were invited to explore the uniquely innovative student work.
With the support of their classroom teachers, students in grades K -4 presented Shoe Box Science projects to their peers and performed many unique experiments involving chemistry, physics, and plant biology. Fifth grade students proudly displayed and presented engaging, interest-based science fair projects and shared their research, experimental procedures, and data with students and faculty. Fourth and fifth grade students participated in Sea Cliff’s first STEAM Day Math Competition as they solved complex, multi-step word problems created by their peers. A major highlight of the STEAM Fair was the Physics Lab where students engaged in fun and interactive investigations using catapults, whirly gigs, and ping pong poppers to explore potential and kinetic energy.
In addition, Sea Cliff School was enchanted by a captivating display of K – 5 Art projects showcased throughout the school building including, colorful pottery, intricate wire sculptures, and delightful drawings and paintings. Students participated in Art Gallery Walks during the day and discussed the decision making process of artists and why art is an important part of S.T.E.A.M. They made many connections between art and other subject areas related to their learning. After school, students returned with family members to proudly share their creative talents.
The fun-filled learning continued throughout the day as students visited innovative artifacts and prototypes engineered in the S.T.E.A.M. Lab. Student projects included: 4th Grade Recycled Racers designed and constructed with specific functions in mind, Industrial Designs with Magnets in which 3rd grade engineers solved real world problems using magnetism, 5th Grade Makerspace Models designed to explain Sun-related patterns observed on Earth, as well as LEGO Education - Mission to the Moon Base Camp models engineered by first graders. Students were truly engaged in S.T.E.A.M related experiences throughout the day. Principal Chris Zublionis commented, “The building became a virtual museum and the multiple components that all students experienced, stimulated their curiosity and wonder.
After the Fair, students reflected on SVO connections and new learning. Fourth grader, Julia Price, added, “The SVOs connect to the Art displayed at the Fair because the student art projects are full of creativity and innovation! Art is creative and inspires people to be innovative!”
Article and photos submitted by SC Enrichment Teacher, Ms. Diane Krupin