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Zanewood Community: A STEAM School hosts annual STEAMfest

Zanewood Community: A STEAM School hosts annual STEAMfest

Zanewood Community: A STEAM School takes time to celebrate its scholars’ accomplishments each spring with an event called the Zanewood STEAMfest. This year the event took place on May 16, with both daytime and evening components to the celebration. 

a student hugs the school mascot

During the school day, scholars presented their Value-Added Projects to one another, then families were invited to take part in the evening festivities. All projects were on display for students to show their families, and the school’s numerous community partners took part in various ways, including providing dinner to attendees and offering a variety of STEAM-related games and activities to try. 

a child checks out a STEM game

The STEAMfest showcases students’ work with their project based learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. As a magnet school, Zanewood takes extra time for project-based learning in these areas. 

For the 2023-24 school year, the school focused on the following STEAM topics:

Pre-K: Coding Express - learning how to code Beebots and Ozobots to learn the importance of sequencing events
Kindergarten: Pinball Wizards - investigating the effects of forces on the motion of an object and designing pinball models
First grade: Animal and Plant Defenses - understanding plant and animal defense structures to design organisms where there are predators
Second grade: Sticky Situation - investigating possible glue ingredients and designing a series of glue mixtures to find a better alternative to traditional school glue
Third grade: Species Surviving - researching endangered species and designing innovative solutions to protect these animals
Fourth grade: Don’t Get Carried Away! - observing erosion and how it is prevented/managed, then developing an erosion prevention model
Fifth grade: Way to Grow! - study ecosystems and learning about the importance of healthy soil, then applying research to create methods of restoring the school’s garden