Above, High-tech skills and high-energy talent are on display during Northwest STEAMFest, a celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts and math education. (Photos by Ryan Togioka/Beyond the Bell)
Dozens of robots, scores of exhibits and hundreds of bright and talented students were showcased on Saturday during STEAMFest, where thousands of spectators flocked for a daylong celebration of the high-tech and high-energy programs offered at schools in Local District Northwest.
With support from the Beyond the Bell Branch, four “lands” were created across the 34-acre campus at Cleveland Charter High School, where students demonstrated the knowledge and skills they are learning to sustain, thrive, innovate and interact with the world.
“Today you will be inspired and wowed, to see the Incredible, incredible amazing things happening in our Northwest schools,” Superintendent Michelle King said after a applauding an inspiring opening performance by Frost Middle School’s Mariachi Los Lobos.
The gym was transformed into an innovation room, where student-designed and built robots maneuvered and skittered across the hardwood floor. The athletic field was lined with tents, where students exhibited imaginative displays showing how they will create a healthier, more productive world.
Students performed throughout the day on five stages – singers and dance troupes, orchestras and jazz bands, spoken-word and theatrical displays.
The event was also aimed at making it easier for parents to choose a school to match their child’s interest, with a sharp focus on STEAM – science, technology, engineering arts and math. But schools also provided information on programs like restorative justice, clubs and after-school enrichment – all opportunities to create a personalized learning experience for kids.
“We want our students to be globally competitive,” said Local District Northwest Superintendent Vivian Ekchian, who spent a year organizing the event. “We want them to get great jobs.”
Click here to watch KLCS-TV coverage of STEAMFest.