In Anglophone East School District, our Science
classrooms are transforming to become STEM classrooms where Science, Technology
and Mathematical skills are brought together to solve real-world
problems. Students learn collaboratively to solve their problem through a
project-based approach. They explore using hands-on activities through
the Engineering Design Process to investigate possible solutions.
Our STEM East Expo is the next step in the evolution
of science fairs. In a science fair, the focus is on answering questions
to satisfy a student’s curiosity about the world around them, whereas a STEM
Expo is aimed at developing a solution to a real-world problem. A science
fair project can be an experiment, a demonstration or research on a topic, while
a STEM Expo project is a showcase of creativity, ingenuity and self-reflection
on a product that solves a problem.
Learning opportunities at the STEMeast Expo included: welding simulator, tower building challenge, solving puzzles, coding, home made hovercraft, and reverse-engineered bike.
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