Hundreds of Ritenour students and family members explored hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) during the Ritenour School District’s second-annual STEAM Expo on March 15.
The free event featured activities presented by Ritenour students from all schools as well as from companies and organizations in the area. There were examples of logic games, computer coding, fabric dying, Rube Goldberg contraptions, and a Raku kiln, just to name a few. The expo offered about 50 different exhibits and displays throughout Ritenour High School.
Several local businesses and organizations also offered fun activities. They included: Boeing, Maryville University, the Botanical Garden/Litzsinger Ecology Center, St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis County Library, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and HDR, Inc. (an engineering and architectural company).
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, as well as try out new activities to whet their appetites for what they will learn in upcoming grade levels.
“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 parents and other family members the opportunities to try out some of the activities that their children are doing during the school day and shows them what they will be learning in the future.”