Stanwich STEAM Expo: A First-Class Success

At Stanwich’s recent STEAM Expo, 27 popular science, technology, engineering, arts and math workshops kept attendees engaged in thought-provoking educational discovery at the 1-day educational showcase. Offerings such as Energy Power Play, Spy Detective & Fingerprinting, Wartime Intel: Breaking Math Codes,  and Environmental Engineering had students engaged in learning during the dynamic Expo hosted at The Stanwich School on Saturday, October 24. The annual event featured more than two dozen hands-on, energizing workshops for 150 academically curious children in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 from all over Fairfield and Westchester counties.

Prekindergarten student Ryan Robertson makes a machine in the LEGO Robotics with Zaniac workshop.

Prekindergarten student Ryan Robertson makes a machine in the LEGO Robotics with Zaniac workshop.

“Children in the workshop were presented with two or three puzzles that they needed to explore with a partner. They devised their own conjectures, looked for patterns and explored the connections between math and nature,” said Libby Kappler, Lower School Math Enrichment Specialist talking about the Art of Ancient Math Puzzles workshop she offered. “Our project was similar to a typical day in Grade 5 math class, so I was really highlighting how a typical Stanwich math class is run.”

Attending the Science of Singing workshop, fourth-grader Sol Hochman said, “Dr. Worra had a model of the vocal chords which helped us to learn how people are able to sing notes.”

Talking about the Squid Dissection workshop, fellow fourth-grader Kay Lentini remarked, “I used the squid’s pen and wrote my name with the squid ink. I also learned that squid are invertebrate animals.”

To round out the experience, parents attended a keynote panel discussion on “Discovering and Developing Your Child’s Gifts” offered by Dr. Jerry Brodlie, pediatric psychologist and head of psychology at Greenwich Hospital. Following the keynote, parents attended one of three insightful, thought-provoking workshops on the topics of “Simple Steps to Avoid Environmental Toxins,” “Environmental Engineering: Improving Children’s Lives in Rwanda,” and “7 Ways to Support Your Student’s Study Practice & Keep Your Sanity.”

According to Stanwich Parent Melinda Lorenz, organizer of STEAM Expo, nearly 70% of the students in attendance came from other schools. For all of the attendees, “STEAM Expo engaged students in intellectually stimulating brain games,” said Lorenz. “While it was an afternoon of excellent academic enrichment, for many of the parents, it was an opportunity to see Stanwich’s stellar faculty in action.”

First grader Rami Rahman shows off his fingerprints in the Spy Detective & Fingerprinting workshop.

First grader Rami Rahman shows off his fingerprints in the Spy Detective & Fingerprinting workshop.

Middle and high school students use crazy touchpads to make tech sounds and music in Scratch programming.

Middle and high school students use crazy touchpads to make tech sounds and music in Scratch programming.

Third grader Keira Frascella creates a print in the African Woodblock Printing workshop.

Third grader Keira Frascella creates a print in the African Woodblock Printing workshop.

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