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 PreK-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. 

2022 STEAM Expo

We’re so grateful to the vendors and volunteers who helped make the 2022 STEAM Expo an incredible, interactive learning experience for our students! Below is information from some of the organizations who donated their time for the Expo; we encourage you to read about them and consider supporting them, if possible. 

  • Students made Pom-Pom catapults, paper rockets with DaVinci Adventures, and Lego bridges with Snapology.
  • Arapahoe County Public Works showed off an awesome road painting truck and helped students learn about mapping, plumbing, electrical systems, and protecting our waterways – whew! Public works is awesome!
  • South Suburban Parks and Recreation shared regionally native animals and invited students to imagine and draw animal mash-ups.
  • The Colorado Geological Survey demonstrated earthquake safety and design (it resonated). 
  • Students worked with the Code Ninjas to design some tools for Minecraft!
  • Red Rocks Community College demystified the world of photography explaining the science behind cameras, and may have inspired the next generation of graphic artists with multimedia displays and digital art tools.
  • Chemistry and physics collided with Mad Science. Retro gaming allows students to explore digital logic and test out circuits.
  • The Colorado School of Mines Robotics Club brought robot wipe-out and explained how robots work with motors and radio receivers.
  • Virtual reality games brought the students to other worlds and occasionally giant sandwiches.
  • BFA students led and learned with bubble physics and Rubik’s cubes booths.
  • The physics of trebuchets had tennis balls flying on the turf field, where the sun bags soared (when they weren’t being buffeted by the wind).
  • Santiago (the llama) and Lilly (the baby doll sheep) visiting from Grace & Mercy Farm were fan favorites who taught students about animal science.
  • The Fox 31 Weather Beast truck made an appearance and an impression with its impressive roar and atmospheric science gear!

Thank you to all of the students who made us proud with their scientific curiosity and engagement and to all of the vendors, volunteers, and staff who contributed to the event. More information about some of our terrific STEAM vendors can be found below: 

 

Arapahoe County Works

Join Arapahoe County Works from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 10, for a Free Family Event, Play Date at Dove Valley. It will be a blast with activities like: Touch a Truck, Build-a-City, Crosswalk Safety, Microchip a Stuffed Animal, Plan a City, Fill a Pothole. Located at 7900 S. Potomac St. Englewood, CO 80112.

 

Code Ninjas

Code Ninjas teaches kids how to code by building video games. STEM careers are growing, and we are giving kids the building blocks of structured problem solving that will take them anywhere they want go later in life. Similar to martial arts, each child starts at a white belt and works their way up through a guided coding program where they build and play games learning new coding concepts and languages like Java, C# and Roblox Lua. Our program is self-paced and we offer flexible drop-in times for whenever it is convenient for your family. Our staff of Code Senseis® are there to help your kid overcome challenges in their code, answer any questions, and celebrate breakthroughs. We offer year-round after-school coding programs, summer camps, birthday parties and parent’s night out. At Code Ninjas, there’s something to spark every child’s imagination and help them find their passion for innovation.

 

Colorado Geological Survey

The Colorado Geological Survey (CGS) is a state government agency situated within the Colorado School of Mines. We provide a wide range of science-driven services bringing the best of Colorado geoscience to the public. The mission of the CGS is to help reduce the impact of geologic hazards on the citizens of Colorado, to promote responsible economic development of mineral and energy resources, to provide geologic insight into water resources, and to offer sound geologic advice and information to a variety of constituencies. Please visit us online at https://coloradogeologicalsurvey.org/ and follow us on Twitter at @COGeolSurvey.

 

Mad Science

The perfect opportunity to get hands-on with science! Mad Science of Colorado is a leading science enrichment provider. We deliver unique, hands-on science experiences for children through after-school programs, birthday parties, workshops, special events, and summer camps. Our innovative programs are as entertaining as they are educational! For over 25 years, we have delivered unique science experiences for children across Colorado. At the Mad Science booth, kids learned all about chemistry, forces and magnetism. There were exciting dry ice demonstrations, students mixed up some molecular madness, and participated in hands-on activities with our Mad Scientists.

 

Snapology

Snapology teaches STEM/STEAM concepts to children through hands-on, interactive play, using LEGO bricks and other fun learning tools.

Check out our summer camps at Highlands Ranch recs, Colorado Academy, Shredder Littleton, Douglas County Libraries, and other nearby locations!

 

Grace & Mercy Farm

We bring the FARM to you! We provide education though hands on fun. Home of the LLAMA GRAM!

 

Da Vinci Adventures

Da Vinci Adventures (DVA) is a family business specializing in science-based entertainment. We believe the best way to learn is to play! From birthday parties to corporate events, DVA gives fascinating, interactive science shows that every age can enjoy. Mention the STEAM Expo for a $10 discount on all parties and programs. Must book before August 31, 2022.

 

Red Rocks Community College

The Journalism, Multimedia Graphics and Design, and the Photography Department at Red Rocks Community College provides students with opportunities for growth and development that set the foundation for self-directed learning, academic achievement, relevant, real world training, and career accomplishment for commercial application. We do this through high quality, innovative educational programs using current technical, creative, and software trends in the industry. We convey our passion for learning, our commitment to excellence, and our dedication to our students in the communities we serve. Through critical thinking we prepare our students, both entry level and continuing education to create the necessary skill set in visual communication and production of photographic images, motion, graphics or digital media.