Local District Northeast celebrates Earth Day with inaugural STEM Fest

Local District Northeast celebrates Earth Day with inaugural STEM Fest

Hands-on demonstrations were a highlight of the Local District Northeast STEM Fest, which students showing off the skills that will prepare them for future careers.

By Heinrich Sartin
K-12 Science Specialist
Local District Northeast

As Earth Day celebrations kicked off all over the globe, Local District Northeast celebrated April 22 by holding its first-ever STEM Fest at Roy Romer Middle School in North Hollywood, where nearly 800 students, parents and employees experience a memorable day of inspiration, exploration and fun. By all accounts, it was a huge success!

Alma Peña-Sanchez, chief of staff to Superintendent Michelle King, kicked off the morning by welcoming the Local District Northeast community and inviting them to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.

Local District Superintendent Linda Del Cueto also extended a warm welcome to the crowd, including those who arrived on complimentary shuttle buses from Panorama, San Fernando, Sun Valley and Verdugo Senior High schools.

An aspiring entrepreneur shows off her business plan, which includes details of financing, pricing and promotion.

“Happy Earth Day!” she said.  Our students – your children – are proud to show off what they are learning in the all-important STEM fields. Learn from them, or along with them, from the experiments, the presentations and the displays.”

Students learned, for example, that just 0.1 percent of college students graduate with math degrees, although banks hire 90 percent of math majors and would hire three times more if they were available.

College and career readiness and its intersection with STEM-related fields was the theme of the morning’s keynote session, which was led by Hall Davidson, Discovery Education’s director of Global Learning Initiatives. Through a series of interactive demonstrations, he showed the audience in the packed auditorium how emerging educational technologies can ignite students’ innate curiosity and inspire their sense of wonder.

Elementary, middle and high school students celebrated Earth Day by participating in the Northeast STEM Fest.

Proudly wearing a bright blue STEM Fest T-shirt, Del Cueto visited school and community partner booths to chat with students, parents, and teachers about the importance of STEM education in our schools.

Engaging and informative workshops for parents and teachers provided opportunities to learn how science, technology, engineering, and math can be integrated through project-based learning opportunities in which students answer complex questions and devise innovative solutions to real-world problems.

“The Northeast STEM Fest was a fun, informative, and hands-on community event showcasing all of the great STEM and STEAM education opportunities throughout our Local District,” said Olive Vista Middle School Principal Rodney Wright. “We are truly a district on the move!’”

Looking ahead to the fall of 2018, the Local District Northeast STEM Fest team is already planning to expand the number of participating schools and attendees to make their 2nd annual STEM Fest an even greater success.

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LAUSD Shines

Cleveland High band program marches on after years with no teacher, little money – Los Angeles Daily News

Valley View Elementary turns 100, as will dozens of other LAUSD schools in the next five years  – LASchoolReport

10 Dedicated and Deserving Social Workers includes L.A. Unified’s Verónica Obregón – Social Work Today

‘Cool Kid’ Camille Ng spreads warmth to kids in need – KABC-7

LAUSD Schools get new gyms through UCLA Health’s ‘Sound Body Sound Mind’ program – KABC-7

LAPD officers spread holiday cheer at Van Nuys elementary school – Los Angeles Daily News

Burrowing Owl delights students, staff at urban school – SoCalWild.com

Essay: The Translated Life, From Immigrant to Valedictorian. – NBC News

Dorsey students complete College Board pilot class. – L.A. Sentinel

Girls Academic Leadership Academy: A unique opportunity.– Jewish Journal

Modern Trades: The rise of continuing tech education. – KPCC

West Valley Occupational Center celebrates 50 years. – Los Angeles Daily News

Linked Learning the focus of innovative high school. – Education Writers of America

How high-schoolers channel the drama of middle school experience into dramatic performance. – KPCC

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Music, arts programs at LA schools increasing after years of decline. – Los Angeles Daily News

Coeur d’Alene Elementary: One school’s journey towards instructional excellence. – Cotsen Foundation

Video: Venice High School celebrates top seniors. Yo Venice

Student identity through the arts. Huffington Post

Op-Ed: Supt. Michelle King on frog dissections, STEM and the future of charters in LAUSD. Los Angeles Times

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