WES STEAM Fair fosters student passion for science and art

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Photo by Crystal Apilado/Winters Express The Winters Elementary School STEAM fair featured student projects focusing on science, technology, engineering, art/agriculture and mathematics.

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About 130 projects were on display at the Winters Elementary School STEAM Fair on Wednesday, Feb 6 in the Shirley Rominger Intermediate multipurpose room. Projects included experiments, art projects, math models, research conducted to display the answer to questions (like why is the Statue of Liberty green?), animal care and anatomy (including a tarantula and a snake) and more. While many schools host STEM Fairs, WES focuses on STEAM which focuses on engaging opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering, art/agriculture and mathematics at both the Waggoner Elementary and Rominger school sites. WES Principal Greg Moffit said focusing on STEAM has helped foster critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creative problem solving skills, skills often identified as being needed for their students future success. We choose to incorporate Art and Agriculture in our STEAM program because both are important for the academic, social, and emotional success of students,” Moffitt said. “In both our MakerSpace at Waggoner and our STEAM Labs at Waggoner and Rominger, art provides students with opportunities to create things and express their ideas.” WES student Ciena Barbosa proudly displayed and conducted a volcano eruption. For her project she had experimented in whether tonic water or vinegar would create a better chemical reaction when mixed with baking soda to cause a volcano to erupt. Barbosa advises not to use tonic water if you want your volcano to actually erupt. “It was fun experimenting,” said Barbosa. “My favorite part was seeing what the tonic water and what the vinegar did. The tonic water stayed at the bottom. The vinegar erupted.” Another project by WES student Carlos Ramirez featured a soccer field of players molded from foil. The project titled “Tin Foil Art” included step-by-step instructions on how to make people out of foil. A third grade class from Waggoner submitted a project titled “Pizza Fractions” that displayed a math word problem listing the fraction amounts the student ordered and then asked which pizza topping there was less or more of. The answer was displayed as the ordered toppings on the pizza inside miniature pizza boxes all created by students. The project objective was to show how students were able to compare fractions using models and reasoning strategies. The U.C Davis Chemistry Department had team members on-site showing attendees a variety of hands-on science experiments including a project that students were able to take home with the results. Winters High School robotics team was also present with their tournament winning robot. Moffit said the WES STEAM Fair gives students an opportunity to display their passions and projects they create both in class and at home. It is incredible to see what our students create,” said Moffit. “Their creativity and curiosity are worthy of celebration.”]]>

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