On Thursday, April 12, CEE celebrated it's first community-wide STEAM Festival. Learning and fun were had by all! Parents, faculty, and staff came together to run more than 40 activities and demonstrations highlighting science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
We spoke with Matt Arguello, Director of Innovation, about the festival and what to expect next year.
What inspired you to start the festival?
We wanted to host a community event to celebrate the different areas of STEAM including the amazing work our students are doing and the expertise of adults in our community. We have an incredible breadth of knowledge and skills in our community, from our youngest to oldest members. This event was an opportunity to create a space to share and learn together while having a great time.
What was something you really enjoyed about the festival?
Seeing the full range of ages engaged in learning activities alongside adults was wonderful, also seeing the sense of pride our students showed in presenting their work to a wider audience. I'm glad we could show that STEAM isn't only technology and flashy stuff but more of a wholistic approach to understanding and building our world. Lastly, I was blow away by the level of volunteerism. We had almost 40 faculty and staff step up to make the evening a success.
What are you looking forward to next year?
Now that we've had our first STEAM Festival I think everyone knows what to expect and we'll see even more great activities and demonstrations next year.
Congratulations on a successful festival, Matt!
For more details about the festival, visit www.centerforearlyeducation.org/STEAM.