Purpose

BFA’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Expo gets better and better each year! The purpose of the event is to expose our K-8 students to the subjects of science, technology, engineering, arts and math in a fun and experiential way. They have the chance to see real world applications of what they learn about in school, and are also exposed to potential STEAM careers they could pursue. The event takes place in September and is comprised of volunteers including BFA parents, teachers and staff, as well as vendors from all content areas. Everyone sets up in the gym for the day and all students and staff have the chance to spend about an hour exploring the different offerings.

2019 STEAM Expo

The 2019 STEAM Expo is in the books! On Sept. 27, 53 volunteers joined the STEM committee and outside vendors to put on a special day for all of the students at Ben Franklin Academy.

Highlights included: gold-panning, target practice, actual dinosaur bones from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, impromptu jam sessions facilitated by the Swallow Hill instrument petting zoo, renewable energy demonstrations by the National Renewable Energy Lab, concussion education from the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, and of course… LLAMAS from the Colorado State University Douglas County 4-H extension! Thomas and Santiago spent the whole day at BFA and didn’t spit at anyone! A rousing success by all accounts.

I hope your student came home inspired and curious about some new angle of STEAM. If they had a favorite activity/station that you would like to tell us about or if you have ideas for improvements/future exhibits, please email STEM to let us know!