NEW THIS YEAR
TWO Display Drop-Off Options
Display projects are to be dropped off on either Thursday, March 5 OR Friday, March 6 between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. You will go to the Kirkwood High School's science building, room SC104 on the first floor. Best access is from the Dougherty Ferry Parking lot.
You will sign in your project at the front desk area outside room SC104. You then take your display into room SC104 where it will be held for judging. Prior to the event on Saturday, our staff of volunteers will place your display in the appropriate grade-level display room.
Not Brand New, but New-ish . . .
No more papers to turn in! Simply fill out your application online before the February 7 deadline. The application will be available online December 2. If you need to submit a hard copy, simply get it to your school's office by that February 7 deadline.
Addition of ART to STEAMFest
We want to recognize and include the value of art as it pertains to design, communication, planning, presentation, functionality and setting the context for various science, technology, performing arts, or engineering challenges. The purpose of STEAM is not to teach art, but to continue to apply art in real situations. Applied knowledge always leads to deeper learning. As students brainstorm solutions for an engineering problem, encourage them to adopt a playful, inventive, artistic approach. Calling on their artistic right brain can help them to generate more creative and innovative thinking.
Dance: Scientific principles can be applied to enhance dance and movement performance, improve dance training, reduce injury and contribute to the overall well being of dancers.
Graphic Arts: Basic math is seen in fractals and patterns occuring in nature, as well as mathematical patterns and geometric shapes used by artist like Davinci and M. C. Escher to create works of art that are aesthetically appealing.
Graphic Design: Computer graphics are used to create logos or stylized designs to include in communications of presentations. Through industrial design, the appearance, design, and usability of a product can be enhanced. How would we learn about the human body or space without combining artistic skill and design to create textbook illustrations or 3D simulations to train medical professionals?
Music: It is made of sound and vibration which is basic science, coupled with rhythm and melody which is basic math. Music is a system of symbols and rules that communicate specific ideas and emotions, even tell stories across all languages.
Song: Attaching lessons, ideas or messages to song helps people retain more knowledge and students of all ability levels be more creative in their learning. Physics can enhance vocal beauty. Neuroscience explores how singing reduces stress and anxiety and strengthens the human connection.
Sports: An understanding of biology or medicine and health sciences can be used to help athletes increase performance, improve nutrition and recover quicker from injuries.
Visual Arts: Photography involves chemistry and physics and utilizes knowledge of light, form and composition. Artists like Davinci, M. C. Escher utlize mathematical patterns and geometric shapes to create works of art. Chemistry applies to the materials and mixing of colors.
Writing: What about technical or persuasive writing? Those arts fit naturally into the “Communications” stage of the engineering design process. Also, in communicating scientific data precise, cohesive, and technical writing is often required.
PowerPoint Instructional Presentations
These will provide you with details, examples and instructions for getting started, ensuring safety, building a log book, and assembling your display.