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5th PSD STEM Showcase at Spring Fair
5th Annual STEM Showcase at Spring Fair
Posted on 04/25/2018

It was a beautiful weekend for students and families to attend the Washington State Spring Fair. For more than 10 years the Puyallup School District, in partnership with the Washington State Fair, has provided the opportunity for students to showcase their accomplishments and talents in several different venues throughout the Spring Fair.

Upstairs in the Pavilion, students took part in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) showcase. Students representing kindergarten through grade eight entered projects in one of four areas in the STEM Showcase: inventions, reverse engineering, technology, and scientific practices. Individuals or teams were awarded Best In Show based on a grade level band. Over 500 entries were submitted and 85 awards were earned.

Dr Yeomans shaking hands with student receiving awardThose who explored scientific practices examined questions such as what fertilizer will cause grass to grow fastest or measuring the radiation emitted from cell phones.

Inventions included a more aerodynamic airplane wing to increase fuel efficiency for airplanes or a forge to create new tools out of metal.

In reverse engineering, students took apart and explained to judges how common everyday items such as an alarm clock, hard drive disk, cell phone, and DVD player work.

Students who entered technology projects showed a variety of computer skills such as virtual interior designs or using various technologies to create a 3d printed bust of a student’s head.

While the judging and presentations took place on Saturday, April 21, several STEM competitions and demonstrations were featured the following day. The community participated in a variety of hands-on projects on Sunday, and competitions included the annual Straw Tower Contest and a Building Boxes Competition.

Across the fairgrounds at the Coca-Cola stage, over 1,000 students from around the district participated in the Honoring Cultures Diversity Celebration Showcase. Students had their artwork and writing honoring cultures displayed in the Showplex, while at the same time over 400 student musicians and other student performers entertained the crowd throughout the day.

For the first time the annual Vesey-Munson Art Show was held at the Spring Fair. The decision to move the art show from the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts to the fair was to increase student participation and public exposure to student achievement in the arts. The student artwork was selected by local artists and represented various grades.

The Spring Fair continues to be an excellent opportunity to celebrate and honor the achievements of the students and celebrate the tradition of excellence in the Puyallup School District.

Congratulations to all the students who participated.