Area students can join Webb students and get creative at activities sponsored by The Webb School in conjunction with the second annual Tennessee STEAM Festival. The statewide festival spearheaded by The Discovery Center in Murfreesboro focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) and is part of the national Science Festival Alliance network. This year's event is slated for Oct. 12-21. Webb's activities will be Oct. 16 from 4-5 p.m. on campus and are free and open to the public.
"We are delighted to share our excellent facilities and the expertise of our faculty with young members of our local community in support of the Tennessee Steam Festival," said Head of School Ray Broadhead. I hope that many local students will come to visit us and have an enjoyable time at Webb!
Webb's activities will give students in third through eighth grades the opportunity to design and build a pendulum that swings for one minute or more, learn how to predict whether a solid or liquid will sink or float when it is added to water, practice framing rectangles, create a stick puppet show and splatter art, question the leak-proof bag: magic or science, and be introduced to Python Programming Language using a Raspberry Pi and 3D printing, among other challenges.
The Tennessee STEAM Festival website states that the initiative "aspires to build interest and excitement in STEAM, and cultivate the next generation of citizen and professional science advocates and practitioners by leveraging local partnerships from across the region. The Discovery Center in Murfreesboro, ... that marked its 30th year in 2017, is leading the statewide effort. By connecting curiosity to careers, we aim to fill gaps in the existing workforce and inspire our future workforce to seek careers in STEAM fields in Tennessee's fast-growing and diversifying economic climate. Evaluation from the National Science Festival Alliance has shown that these events increase awareness of STEAM careers."
"The goal of the festival is to connect STEAM to everyday life," said John Hawkins, director of education at the Discovery Center. Hawkins noted that events will be hosted throughout the state in traditional venues of schools, universities and museums, but also in non-traditional settings such as restaurants. The idea, he said is to encourage Tennessee residents to embrace the idea that education does not stop after grades K-12 or college graduation. Hawkins added that people will be encouraged to think deeper about things they encounter in their daily lives.
For more information about Webb's STEAM event, call 931-389-5729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.