Prosper High School was host to the district’s third annual STEAM Expo on Thursday, April 27. STEAM is an acronym representing Science, Technology, Art and Math. The evening highlighted the ways students at Prosper ISD are able to take part in these learning disciplines.
Engineering, 3-D animation, art, culinary skills and the science fair were just a few of the many booths that lined the halls. Each found a way to be interactive, allowing visitors to engage in each activity in a variety of ways. A large crowd gathered to watch the engineering students demonstrate their work.
“The engineering group does multiple things,” Suzanne Hoy, a parent of a student exhibiting her engineer skills, said. “They have a solar car team and they also have a robotics team. They each do their own separate competitions. But you can also just be an engineering student and just take the classes. Displayed tonight is a couple of the robots from various competitions.”
Hoy added that each of the robots are different.
“One of them is for the FRC competition,” she said. “The other is in what’s called the best competition. They are designed differently to accommodate the specific tasks that they have to complete for the different competitions.”
Another booth that attracted some attention was the 3-D animation program. The program’s UIL entry, a 3-D animated movie, played on a large television at the booth.
“I teach 3-D modeling, animation and advanced animation,” Roger Segars, Prosper ISD teacher, said. “It’s a lot of fun. Depending on which class they are in, the advanced students are using Semi 4D, which is an industry leading animation software as well as Blender, Maya, and 3-Ds Max, which are Autodesk products. They get to have fun exploring.”
Exhibitions like this helped at least one Prosper student find out what she wanted to study after graduating high school.
“I’m going into animation at (the University of Texas at Dallas),” Prosper senior Alexa Boushey said. “They’re ranked 21st in the nation. I’m very excited.”
In addition to the hands-on science experiments and culinary science projects that attendees were encouraged to participate in, the STEAM Expo went one step further in engaging people in the event. A photo scavenger hunt was a fun way for the entire family to interact with the displays and find their way through the booths on display.
Although the event was held at the high school, artwork was displayed from all students throughout the district, beginning with kindergarten and up to 12th grade. The event was an opportunity for students to show parents what they have been working on during school hours, as well as to spark interest in younger students for what they have the opportunity to learn in the future.