- May 8, 2019
Our annual UMS STEAM Fair was once again a great success! At the fair students where required to apply their knowledge of the scientific method and conduct a controlled, pupil-driven science experiment. The ultimate goal is to teach students WHAT science is and HOW scientific information and the scientific method is utilized in problem solving.
UMS’ STEAM Fair is different from a traditional science fair, this fair is conducted for the purpose of integrating skills from a variety of subjects. Students completing this scientific inquiry, apply skills from each of these disciplines into a functional activity that is cross curricula and all encompassing (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics). During the project, students learn more about the engineering design process by creating innovative designs and prototypes. The Fair develops the students’ skills, increases awareness of how subjects are linked, and motivates students to pursue careers in these fields.
We are so proud of our students in Grades Seven and Eight who displayed their scientific inquiry and innovative solutions to real world questions and problems. Having worked on the projects since November, each month completing a stage of their Integrated Studies Project, the students were well prepared to showcase their work.
Each student selected a topic of interest that encompasses an area of Science or Technology within the following categories: Biotechnology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Computer Sciences, Health Sciences, Life Sciences, or Physical and Mathematical Science. The students expressed their interests in such a wide array of topics. Some of the topics that our students explored were: Solar Powered Cell Phone Charger, Biodegradable Water Bottle, Hologram, Affordable Yet Precise Stylo Pen, Solar Powered Water Filter, Self-sufficient Tiny House, Multi-use Finger Splints for Different Medical Conditions, Natural Sunscreen, Peel-able Non-toxic Nail Polish, to name a few.