Washington Mathematics Science Technology PCHS hosted the annual STEM Week from February 16-19, 2016. The theme for the week was “Step up to STEM”. Various activities were held each day. Activities catered to the student body, faculty, staff and parents. The main events of STEM Week 2016 were:
1.STEM Week Trivia: Students and faculty were challenged with daily riddles based on STEM topics and reasoning as warm-up activities in their 1st and 2nd period classes. Teachers of students completing the trivia returned student work to Mr. Wilson for checking. Students were then assigned raffle tickets for every correct answer given over the week and names were drawn to determine winners from each grade level.
2.Microsoft Ambassadors in Education: Workshops for students and staff were conducted on Sway presentations and Microsoft Office Mix. The faculty was also provided with additional Microsoft resources to effectively integrate information and communication technology into the teaching and learning process.
3.Presentation Board Prep Day: Students participating in the STEM Fair were given an opportunity to put last minute touches on their boards and presentations before the fair. This was done using the upper level multi-purpose room for board preparation and Ms. Forrester’s classroom for presentation tweaking.
4.STEM Fair: Students displayed and presented their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math projects to external judges from the Washington Academy of Science. Winners were selected based on the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair judging guidelines for science and engineering projects. Prizes will be awarded to all STEM Fair category winners. Five of the top awardees were selected from the school STEM Fair to enter the 2016 DC STEM Fair.
5.STEM Fair Gallery Walk: Parents were invited to view the STEM Fair projects at the conclusion of judging. They also observed a student’s demonstration of the creation of wind and snow. All teachers were invited to bring their classes for a gallery walk. During the walk, students were prompted to find one project for which they had to identify the problem statement as well as the independent and dependent variables.