Story, photos & video by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor
Teachers and students in all grades throughout AAPS showcased their STEAM learning, including their planning, evaluation and improvements throughout the design process at the AAPS District STEAM Expo Thursday night at Skyline High School.
Sarah Schemanske, the district’s PLTW Launch lead teacher and master teacher at Wines Elementary, said that parents and community members alike were highly impressed with the level of depth and understanding the students grasped at their ages.”
“It was an incredible way for students to engage in hands-on activities and observe future STEAM opportunities in A2 schools and beyond. Student showcases showed their creativity and ingenuity come to fruition,” she said.
More than 500 people were estimated to have attended the Expo.
“Parents shared their children’s enthusiasm and passion for PLTW and STEAM learning opportunities within the district,” said Schemanske. “The parents expressed their gratitude for AAPS offering PLTW in every building and to all students Young 5s to 6th grade then as an elective in every middle and high school. Students and parents alike are excited for future STEAM learning opportunities for years to come.”
Also showcasing their STEAM-related career or activity at the Expo—and encouraging enthusiastic hands-on participation—were Spellbound, Ann Arbor District Library, the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, SCRAP Box, Brain Monkeys, Nutty Scientists, Human Element, The Henry Ford, Google, U-M’s Tau Beta Pi. Costco provided refreshments for the night and jazz musicians from Community High School performed.
The STEAM Expo was planned and coordinated by Skyline Student Producers Celeste Forester, Leina Kaehr, and Valen Vargas. Student volunteers were Skyline DTEP Magnet seniors.
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