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SOCSD students will participate in the district’s first STEAM Expo, highlighting projects created in science, technology, engineering, art and math. The Expo will take place on  Wednesday, March 19th in the South Orangetown Middle School Cafeteria, 160 Van Wyck Road, from6:00 to 8:00 PM.  It is jointly sponsored by the school district and the South Orangetown Council PTA.

Students in grades K through 12 will share projects, experiments and artwork such as an embedded magnifier on a pill bottle cap; demonstrations of Makey Makey – an invention kit that “turn(s) everyday objects into touchpads” – and FIRST® LEGO® Robotics; student self-portraits; and water extraction on the moon used to fuel space travel.  One of the district’s 3-D printers will be displayed and in use.

School Superintendent Dr. Ken Mitchell said, “Whereas students usually share their inventions, experiments, projects and artwork with only their classmates and teachers or in competitions, South Orangetown’s first STEAM Expo provides the opportunity to share these works with the wider school community and the community at large.  Our elementary school students will glimpse the future of science, technology, engineering and math in the upper grades and our middle and high school students will see how their younger counterparts are shaping the future.”

Dr. Brian Culot, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction commented, “We’re excited to provide our students with an open forum to share their innovative work with the school community. This is a unique opportunity for many of our younger students to get excited about the different types of learning experiences that await them as they move through the K-12 continuum.  The STEAM Expo will help to exemplify the outstanding project-based work that’s happening in all of our schools.”  

Organizing and co-sponsoring the event, South Orangetown Council PTA President Vicki Caramante said, “The project was gratifying.  For years, SOCSD students have been involved in curricular and extra-curricular activities spanning all the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art and math, but much of that work goes unnoticed by fellow students or the general public.  This STEAM Expo will give those students the opportunity to share their passions with the larger South Orangetown Community.”

The Expo is a non-competitive event.  It is free and open to the public.


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