Annual STEM Fair and Challenge—Huge Success, Raises Nearly $30K for ALS Research

Annual STEM Fair and Challenge—Huge Success, Raises Nearly 30K for ALS Research photo

Young scientists and engineers from the local community attended the 4th annual STEM Fair & Challenge at Northport High School on Saturday, April 21.

This year, the event was expanded to include a kindergarten through fourth grade fair in Northport High School’s commons, featuring 21 STEM activities. This portion was designed and facilitated by kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, as well as students from the technology and engineering honor society and physics students. Children, along with their parents, had the opportunity to exercise creativity and problem-solving skills through hands-on experience with VEX robotics, Scratch coding, laser mazes, flower chromatography, hover balloons, and more. In addition, the Cyberian Tigers, the high school robotics team, demonstrated their fifth-generation robot to the young learners in attendance. This robot that reached the quarterfinals at the regional competition at Hofstra University, was made available for students to control and drive.

At the STEM Challenge for grades five through eight, students had a four-hour block to participate in hands-on team events. One hundred students from six different schools made up the 25 participating teams. Teams competed against one another, and were presented awards for top performance in the following events: a mystery solution mix-up, circuit central, the marshmallow tower design, and puzzling math. More than 30 Northport High School students volunteered to help facilitate these events.

This event was put together as part of the Team Packard initiative and A Midwinter Night’s Dream Inc., an organization that’s been in existence since 2004. The goal is to raise money for the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and empower students to make a difference in the lives of others. In total, the STEM Challenge raised nearly $30,000, and all funds will be directed to the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University. The district thanks the presenting sponsor, Sterling National Bank.