Sulphur Springs school district preps for annual STEAM Expo

FILE ART: Leona Cox Elementary students test out rockets they built as part of a GATE Academy project on Thursday, June 29, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal.

As the end of the school year quickly approaches, the students and faculty of the Sulphur Springs Union School District are ramping up to their district-wide STEAM Expo they hold every year.

“It’s a night where we invite families to come and see all the work students are doing centered around science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics,” said SSUSD Superintendent Catherine Kawaguchi. “Every school is going to be represented.”

During the April 17 event, families from all nine SSUSD schools will be able to walk around and view hundreds of projects, with each display being explained by the student who created it.

“Students explain the work themselves,” said Kawaguchi. “They explain their hypothesis, their findings, what data they found and how they came to a conclusion. There’s also a lot around robotics with children showing their coding skills and how their robot can move through different obstacle courses.”

Representatives of College of the Canyons and Golden Valley High School will be in attendance, speaking with parents and showcasing all they have to offer students, according to event organizers.

“They’re going to show how they’re preparing children for high school, the challenges of STEAM courses at the university level and how they prepare them for their careers later in life,” said Kawaguchi.

And much like previous years, Discovery Education will be hosting hands-on activities and free demonstrations for students and parents throughout the night, according to Kawaguchi. “Two years ago they did a virtual reality demonstration,” said the superintendent.

Event organizers said the excitement, and the fact that every year since the STEAM Expo first started has been a “packed house,” show how important these types of programs are for TK-6th grade students in the SSUSD.

“Our children are highly creative in what they’re thinking and developing,” said Kawaguchi. “And the STEAM Expo is a night where we really show parents the next levels of innovation happening in our classrooms.”

The 2019 STEAM Expo is set to be held at Fair Oaks Elementary School 4-7 p.m. April 17. For more information about the event, visit the district’s website at www.sssd.k12.ca.us.

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