Scholars and staff had a great time at IDEA's first STEM expo last week, where they conducted experiments and watched real-world demonstrations about science, technology, engineering, and math.
Scholars conducted the labs in class prior to the STEM expo, and then led the experiment stations, teaching their peers how to build boats, observe the difference between chemical and physical reactions, test their heart rate to understand the importance of exercise, and other engaging chemistry and biology activities. “The students loved the opportunity to be in charge,” explained science teacher James Jacobs, who co-created the event. “They were focused, they were teaching, and they enjoyed it.”
STEM Expo stations included Blobs in a Bottle, Slime, Build a Boat, Mighty Machines, Space Docking Station, Make a Birdfeeder, Heart Rate Math, and Hoop Gliders. DC nonprofit TAG Labs was also on site to show scholars how to develop their own video games. “The STEM Expo enabled us to take our biology and chemistry courses downstairs and integrate them with STEM,” Jacobs said. “The event was the genesis of something great. We plan to make it an annual event not only for students but also to invite parents and families to participate.”
Thanks to Ms. Whitney and Mr. Jacobs for organizing the event and to the operations team for helping to make it happen.