Elementary STEM Fair

The inaugural St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fair will be held at Palencia Elementary School (PES) on Saturday, May 18 from 1-5 p.m. Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from St. Johns County elementary schools will display projects demonstrating the practices of science. Presentations by National Geographic, Northrop Grumman and the St. Johns County Environmental Division will also take place. The theme for third-grade projects is “Observation Odyssey.” Students worked in teams and were tasked with making observations in nature, keeping a journal and building a model that represented their findings.

“Invention of the Imagination” is the theme for fourth-grade projects. Students also worked in teams to design and build an invention, and then wrote a set of instructions that someone else could follow to build their invention.

The theme for fifth-grade projects is “Let’s Experiment.” Fifth graders presenting at the fair worked in teams or as individuals to design and perform experiments following the scientific method for experimentation.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Barrington Irving will make presentations at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the PES cafeteria. The presentations are free, but seating is limited. Irving was raised in Miami’s inner city; surrounded by crime, poverty, and failing schools. He beat the odds to become the youngest person and only African American to fly solo around the world. His goal is to inspire children to achieve through determination, hard work and a passion for what they want to achieve.

Northrop Grumman will host interactive displays for students focusing on robotics and lasers. Interactive science displays by the St. Johns County Environmental Division will feature watershed projects and environmental concerns.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mark Lewis, SJCSD Elementary Science/K-12 P.E. and Health Program specialist at [email protected] or (904) 547-7529.