ROCKLIN, Calif., – William Jessup University will host Placer County’s sixth annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Expo on Saturday, March 5 beginning at 9 a.m. The Expo displays local student-generated work from grades 3-12 and connects students, educators and the community in a one-day event showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics as educational opportunities and viable career options.
“Having presented the STEM Expo concept to educators across the nation, I know enthusiasm is high and the time is right to transform traditional science fairs into our innovative and engaging model,” explained Dr. Eric Bull, executive director and STEM Expo founder. Bull also works as a professor at Jessup’s School of Education Department.
The STEM Expo is an innovative alternative to a typical science fair offering workshops, presentations and hands-on science demonstrations, as well as robotics tournaments. The popular event allows students to explore how subjects that are often perceived as difficult can instead be challenging, interesting and fun, while connecting their interest with local businesses and industries that can partner with them in education and career preparation.
With seven engaging categories to choose from, students focus on their interests and talents. Categories include Invention, Science Fiction, Rube Goldberg, Robotics/Computer Science, Reverse Engineering and Environmental/ Agricultural Innovation.
Medallions and awards are presented in all categories. STEM Expo judges also advance a select group of winners to represent Placer County at the California State Science Fair in southern California, with JetBlue Airlines providing round-trip airfare.
Brook Dunn, founder of Printrbot and star of Science Channel’s All-American Makers is the keynote speaker and also provides an exhibit at the event.
Studies show students as young as third grade have started thinking of their career path demonstrating the need and importance of helping kids to understand their options in science, technology, engineering and math. Studies also show STEM classes and career planning should be built into school curriculum as early as possible, and that hands-on activities and visits with professionals in different fields are necessary for students to learn how their work in the classroom can be relevant to a future career.
Sponsors include Aerojet Rocketdyne, Camp Edmo, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Navy League of the United States, Parallax, Recreate, and William Jessup University.
For more information visit: www.STEMexpo.org