2018 STEM Expo A Great Success!

2018 STEM Expo a Great Success!
Posted on 04/05/2018
Winners from the 2018 STEM Expo

Students, families and community members had fun learning about science, technology, engineering and math solutions to everyday issues while attending the Norwalk Public Schools STEM Expo. The second annual citywide event, which took place on March 24 at Brien McMahon High School, offered demos ranging from egg drop devices to alternative energy racers, catapults, and garbage bag gliders.

For a video with highlights from the STEM Expo, visit the NPS YouTube Channel, or click here:  2018 STEM Expo

For photos of the STEM Expo, visit the NPS Facebook page.


Congratulations to all of the grade-level STEM Expo winners:


Grades K-2: Ms. Sandra Fisher’s class, grade 2 at Rowayton Elementary School - Hot and Cold Lunchbox


Grades 3-5: Dr. Jeff Beckley’s class, grade 5 at Kendall Elementary School - Garbage Bag Gliders


Grade 6: Mr. Joe Giandurco’s class at Ponus Ridge Middle School – Catapult


Grade 7:  Mr. Ryan Mitchell’s class at West Rocks Middle School – Earthquake-proof Building


Grade 8:  Mr. John Skopp’s class at Roton Middle School – Egg Drop


In the overall high school category, Norwalk High School won for its collaborative student portfolio of STEM projects including Alternative Energy Racers, Microscopes, 3D Printing, Robots, Astronomy, Fingerprinting, STEM Travelers, and DNA Extraction with Fruit.


New this year, the "STEM Spirit Award" was awarded to grade 2 classes at Kendall Elementary School. This award was given to the grade that best exemplified the STEM process. 


Over the past couple of months, students and educators have been working hard to develop projects that reflect Norwalk’s STEM mantra to “Think-Question-Design-Create-Struggle-Collaborate-Try-Solve-Invent-Reflect-Learn.”


“Students across the district were engaged, excited and focused on solving real-life problems together as they prepared for individual qualifying STEM Expos held at their schools,” said Expo Coordinator and Brien McMahon Science Department Chair Tom Seuch. “Across the board, hands were raised and questions were being asked and answered by their peers.”


A panel of judges including NPS Chief of Technology, Innovation and Partnerships Ralph Valenzisi, NFT President Mary Yordon, Board of Education Member Barbara Meyer-Mitchell, educators from a variety of disciplines, community, corporate and foundation partners chose one class winner per category. During the judging period, students were asked to demonstrate and explain their STEM projects.


Projects included in this year’s Expo were selected from student and classroom work presented at individual STEM Expos held throughout the district. Each K-8 classroom designed a class project focused on STEM with grades 9-12 responsible for individual projects. Two classroom projects from grades K-2 and 3-5 from each elementary school, and one group per grade, per house from each middle school were chosen to present at the March 24 Expo. Individual projects from Norwalk High School and Brien McMahon High School were also selected to participate in the Expo.