Innovations and musical creations at Annual STEAM Symposium

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For three years, the school district’s annual STEM Symposium featured dozens of tables set up with interactive activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the high school gymnasium. This year, the front entry and hallway of the school featured music and arts to showcase the accomplishments of the fine arts department, aptly making it a STEAM Symposium. District teachers and students displayed and discussed student projects from albatross bolus dissection to forensics and robotics. Guests learned how to make binary bracelets, were taught about static electricity, and even tasted fresh arugula grown in the school’s vertical tower gardens in the Long Island Sustainability class. Life-size cardboard cutouts of Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and Alan Turing were just a few of the inventors and scientists who greeted the hundreds of curious guests at the entrance to the gym. High School music students performed classical music as guests experienced the colorful creations in the gallery set up for their viewing pleasure. The District’s School-to-Community program partners were in attendance to share resources and access to STEM opportunities and post-high school careers. Mad Science, an educational program that works to spark students’ curiosity, engaged the audience with a science-themed performance. Organized by Dr. Amy Meyer, Shoreham-Wading River School District’s director of STEM, the evening was another successful showcase of the many educational endeavors taking place throughout the district.