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UNCW Hosts Regional STEM Expo

Monday, June 06, 2016

The Watson College of Education served as the main hub for a regional STEM Expo, held at UNCW April 8 as part of the North Carolina Science Festival. More than 500 children, teens, adults and volunteers participated in the event, designed to raise community awareness about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and to showcase campus involvement in STEM activities.

The theme of the 2016 STEM Expo was “Soaring with STEAM in the Great Outdoors,” in support of the National Park Centennial. STEAM departments and programs across campus hosted family-friendly interactive stations and exhibits that included activities in robotics, engineering, aquaculture, marine biology, chemistry, rocketry, math, astronomy, geology, anthropology, Russian language and more. GE, Corning and other local businesses and organizations that focus on STEAM also offered activities for families and children.

Christan Roberts, a Language Arts teacher at Beaufort Middle School, brought 60 eighth graders to the event at UNCW. CESTEM’s portable StarLab Planetarium system was a favorite exhibit for the students, she said.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer and environmental educator Juan Martinez was guest speaker at the Expo. He spearheads the Natural Leaders Network of the Children & Nature Network, an organization creating links between corporations, government, environmental organizations, education and individuals to reconnect children with nature. Martinez delivered an address in Kenan Auditorium on the importance of getting youth outdoors.

Sue Kezios, director of Youth Programs at the Watson College, coordinated the UNCW Expo. Thirty-five departments and programs across campus provided interactive exhibits, and more than 100 faculty, staff and students volunteered at STEAM hands-on stations in Dobo, McNeill and Osprey Halls, the Teaching Lab and the Cultural Arts Building, as well as the Watson College of Education.