Building Bridges, Not Walls

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math EXPO
Posted on 01/24/2020
Image of ScienceSome of the best young science and engineering minds will gather in one place Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the 64th Annual Science,Technology, Engineering and Math EXPO. Nearly 400 Akron Public Schools students will demonstrate their wizardry in science, technology, engineering and math at Ellet CLC, 309 Woolf Ave., Akron, OH 44312.

In conjunction with the EXPO, high school physics students will be making (and breaking) 98 bridges at the 11th Annual Bridge Competition.

Look for dozens of interactive booths; and guest speaker/entertainer Sherrie Tolliver from "Women in History" will portray and discuss Dorothy Vaughan, an African American mathematician for NASA, who was highlighted in the movie Hidden Figures. She will deliver her presentation in the auditorium from 1-2 p.m. for all parents and students.

Some of the tentative interactive booths include:
  • Akron Public Schools College and Career Academies
  • Akron Public Schools Library and Media Services
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Are You Smarter Than an Engineer?
  • Board Games (APS Staff)
  • Challenge Island
  • City of Akron Watershed Division
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Create a Scarf From a T-shirt
  • Create Your Own Nebula
  • Ellet High School Animal Management Technology
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
  • Mad Science of Northeast Ohio
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School
  • North High School PLTW Biomedical Science Club
  • Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA)
  • Spaghetti Tower
  • Summit County Public Health
  • The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • The University of Akron Service Design Team
  • Toobeez Challenge 
Some of the student projects include: 
  • Prototyping and Designing a Robot to Move and Stack Blocks 
  • Visual Control of an Independent Prosthetic Device
  • Can DNA be Extracted From Dried Fruit?
  • Basketball: The Secret To Banking A Shot
  • Floating Isn't Just For Magicians: Building and Testing a Maglev Train
  • Are Polymer Grocery Bags Better For Our Environment and Overall General Use?
  • How Will Deep Learning and Wearable Biotechnology Prevent and Predict Future Mental and Physical Illnesses?
  • Aspirin Users: Can We Improve Their Gastric pH With Certain Foods? 
These events are scheduled to run throughout the morning and afternoon. Judges will interview students from 9 a.m.-noon. Simultaneously, there will be interactive booths and the physics bridge breaking competition. The public is invited to view the student projects from noon-1:30 p.m. An awards ceremony is scheduled for 2-3 p.m. in the auditorium.

Participating schools include:
  • Elementary: Helen Arnold CLC, Portage Path CLC and Rimer CLC
  • Middle: Buchtel CLC 7-8, East CLC 7-8, Hyre CLC, Innes CLC, Jennings CLC, Litchfield CLC, Miller South School for Visual and Performing Arts, and National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM
  • High: Buchtel CLC 9-12, East 9-12 CLC, Ellet CLC, Firestone CLC, Kenmore-Garfield, National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM and North High School 
To learn more about becoming a judge or volunteer or host an interactive booth, visit the Akron Public Schools Home page!

For additional information about the EXPO, contact Dr. Katrina Halasa, Health and Science Learning Specialist K-12, at [email protected], 330.761.3117 or 330.701.2985.

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