A plethora of engaging activities at STEM Symposium

A plethora of engaging activities at STEM Symposium photo

Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and Alan Turing were just a few of the inventors and scientists who were on hand to greet the hundreds of guests at the District’s third annual STEM Symposium.

Their life-size cardboard cutouts stood at the entry to the high school gym where dozens of tables were set up with interactive activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. District teachers and students showcased the projects taking place in classrooms through the year.

The community event featured exhibits demonstrating the District’s successes in STEM education, High School AP Seminar and AP Research student presentations, science fair winning projects from both Miller Avenue and WRES and lessons in forensics, oceanography and robotics, among many other engaging activities. The District’s School-to-Community program partners were in attendance to share resources and access to STEM opportunities and post-high school careers.

Organized by Dr. Amy Meyer, director of STEM, and manned by the educators who implement many of the classroom lessons – from Google Expeditions virtual reality to the Japanese traditional folk-art technique of gyotaku – the evening was another successful showcase of the many educational endeavors taking place throughout the District.

The District thanks the following business representatives who participated in this event: Bob MacDowell and Larry Kick from Applied DNA Sciences Inc.; John Searing from ASRC Federal Holding Company; Donna Boeckel, Jeffree Boeckel and Jaclyn Rodriquez from Awsomotive Car Care; Bernadette Uzzi from Brookhaven National Laboratory; Nusnin Akter, Prerana Kankiya and Dr. Vivian Stojanoff from Brookhaven Women in Science; Dr. Jason Kronberg from Dr. Jason Kronberg Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine; Gregory Wilson from Innovation Lab; Tina Mills from Harbor Hot Tubs; Jarret Acevedo from Jarret Acevedo Plumbing & Heating; Mary Cunningham from Long Island Science Center; Elizabeth Tilton and Erica Collins from Luitpold Pharmaceuticals; Jane Alcorn, Carol Davis-Wiebelt and Mary Riotto from Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe and SSG Holzer and SSG Flores from the United States Amy. They all demonstrated “real-world” applications of STEM in their daily work and/or careers.