SSUSD hosts its annual STEAM Expo

An elementary school student interacts with the virtual reality demonstration set up by Discovery Education at the 2019 STEAM Expo, which took place Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the Sulphur Springs Union School District.

The Sulphur Springs Union School District invited the students and families of all nine schools to attend its annual 2019 STEAM Expo in Wednesday.

Held in the multipurpose room, or MPR, and classrooms of Fair Oaks Ranch Community School, the three-hour event featured documentaries about Pacific Coast-wildlife, a chance for families to interact with SSUSD feeder schools, such as Golden Valley High School and Canyon High School, and a chance for students to learn more about possible careers in fields related to science, technology, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

“I would like to be an ocean scientist one day,” said Beckett Oswell, a first-grader at Fair Oaks Elementary at the event. “I like to take things apart.”

“He likes animals and insects, and anything in the science realm, he’s interested in,” said Nicole Oswell, Beckett’s mother, who added an event like the STEAM Expo was an excellent opportunity for him to learn more about the field.

Parents were given the opportunity to walk around and view a number of projects, with each display being explained by the student who created it.
In addition to students being given the chance to interact with science demonstrations being presented by each of the SSUSD schools around the MPR, Discovery Education was there providing a virtual reality demonstration for all those present.

And while some of the concepts being introduced included topics such as robotics, coding and biological sciences, officials said these topics are important for students to be engaged with earlier.

“We wanted to get kids excited about STEAM,” said Jezelle Fullwood, SSUSD assistant superintendent of educational services. “The sooner we can get them involved, solving problems, looking at science, math and different avenues of thinking means they’re starting to think about inventing things that we don’t even know we need yet earlier on.”

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