Hundreds of Ritenour Families Enjoy Fourth-Annual STEAM Expo
Hundreds of Ritenour families learned about science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics at Ritenour’s fourth-annual STEAM Expo on March 6.
The free event also featured the district’s first STEM Olympics Championship with hands-on competitions by elementary students. The night culminated month-long classroom competitions that focused on fun challenges where small groups had to put their creative engineering skills to the test by making skyscrapers with dry linguine, parachutes with wiffle balls, bridges out of straws and catapults with craft sticks and other contraptions. A winning group from each classroom that participated in the February STEM Olympics competed during the championship on March 6. More than 800 students in Ritenour elementary schools participated in STEM challenges in February.
The STEAM Expo also featured scores of booths that offered activities presented by Ritenour students from all schools, as well as from companies and organizations in the area. There were examples of robotics, logic games, computer coding, T-shirt making, Geometry in Construction, culinary science, biomedical sciences, music and art, just to name a few.
Ritenour Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Mike LaChance said the expo gives students the opportunity to showcase the exciting ways they are learning STEAM in their classrooms.
“The expo really shows the continuum of how science, technology, engineering, art and technology are integrated at every grade level, and how much students enjoy what they are learning,” said LaChance. “It also gives family members the opportunities to experience what their children will be doing now and in future grades, as well as give them some ideas of some fun activities they can do in their own homes.”