STEAM Expo Returns to In-Person With Record Attendance
Several hundred people attended The School District of University City’s annual STEAM Expo inside the Brittany Woods Middle School gym on Tuesday, November 15. It was the first time the event was held in person in two years due to previous COVID-19 precautions. Attendees of all ages enjoyed 26 different interactive displays hosted by students, schools and outside organizations, including groups from COCA, Washington University, the Missouri Botanical Gardens Earthways Center, The Magic House, the St. Louis Science Center and others.
Many students took center stage with their displays. The University City High School RoboLions robotics team expertly maneuvered their homemade robot to score baskets on the basketball court. The JROTC drone team enabled students to test fly drones up to the rafters of the gym. Sustainability students at Brittany Woods Middle School sold pumpkin muffins, honey, pepper jelly, potting soil, dog biscuits and seeds from their Brittany Brand booth. Their homemade wares were prepared from pumpkins, peppers and other food grown in the school’s gardens. The honey was harvested from the school’s four beehives. Several elementary schools showcased ecology, biology and environmental science taking place in their school gardens. There were displays on physics, lego robotics, rocketry, medicine, biology, color mixing and water conservation all sponsored by students and premier St. Louis organizations.
The STEAM expo, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, is one of the District’s signature events, providing students, parents and caregivers with hands-on learning activities intended to spark a love of learning in the sciences. The District embeds STEAM activities at all grade levels with a natural progression that enables students to specialize in core specialties such as engineering, medicine and computer science. Students in middle and high school can choose from a variety of STEAM-inspired electives that prepare them for future college and career endeavors.