SWANNANOA, NC – March 3rd – Students at ArtSpace took part in the school’s third annual STEAM Expo. STEAM is an expansion of the National Science Foundation’s acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to include an “A” for Arts. ArtSpace and other organizations have joined the movement that links artistic thinking with STEM through creativity, critical thinking,
communication, and collaboration. ArtSpace’s STEAM Expo highlights inquiry based projects that integrate and utilize art in some way as well.
The highly interactive event involved half of the student body demonstrating projects while the other half toured the building and recorded observations. After forty-five minutes, the students switched roles and the demonstrators became presenters and vice versa. Many concepts were covered across the grade levels from Forces and Motion to Ecosystems to the Law of Conservation.
Students at all grade levels took great pride in the projects they presented. They explained the concepts from their experiments as they interacted with observers. The inquiry based projects give
students the opportunity to create hypotheses, test them, gather results and create conclusions based on the results. The EXPO requires students to understand the conclusions and concepts they have learned well enough to present them to a live audience, not just to a teacher. This extension requires a deep sense of understanding from each young scientist taking part in the EXPO. ArtSpace believes that integrated experiences like these “stick” with students, making their learning richer and deeper resulting in a life-long passion for learning.