Mamaroneck Schools Gear Up For STEM-tastic Saturday

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck is preparing for a grassroots half-day festival of science, technology, engineering and math known as Stem-tastic Saturday.

Stem-tastic Saturday is May 3 at Hommocks Middle School.
Stem-tastic Saturday is May 3 at Hommocks Middle School. Photo Credit: Contributed

The Saturday, May 3, event is set for Hommocks Middle School in Mamaroneck. As part of the event, Mamaroneck’s six schools "will be involved in one way or another with this hands-on community-wide collaboration featuring local STEM experts, workshops, professional attractions, a community exhibit hall, STEM vendors, and Cool Career Roundtables lead by experts from various disciplines," representatives said in a release. 

The event will feature a traveling BioBus, a 10,000 piece Keva plank building area, the Nerdy Derby from the World Maker Faire, scratch programming lessons and a rocket blast-off area. The anchor exhibits/key attractions have been made possible by a grant from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation, according to a release. 

“We’re thrilled that Hommocks Middle School has the privilege of hosting this first STEM-tastic Saturday and are so fortunate to have community members as our partners in providing students with STEM education and enrichment opportunities,” said Mamaroneck Schools Superintendent Robert Shaps. “I’m pleased to see so many of our talented teachers and students coming on board with the STEM Alliance to participate in this exciting day.”

The Community Exhibit Hall will showcase “big ideas” in a science fair style exhibit hall. Students can still register to participate in the Community Exhibit Hall through Friday, April 11.

STEM-tastic Saturday is being produced with support from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation and Cognizant, and other partners, including Westchester Children's Museum Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Padres Unidos for Education, Larchmont Public Library, Larchmont Committee on the Environment, Sheldrake Environmental Center and The Marine Education Center at Harbor Island Park.

“This event really grew out the hopes shared by community members at a STEM Alliance meeting last year," said STEM Alliance President Cecilia Absher. "Part of our mission is to actualize the types of experiences that families are seeking. We believe that showcasing some of the vast array of interdisciplinary STEM educational and career opportunities through STEM-tastic Saturday will spark inspiration. STEM affects us all – every day – from our transportation to our communication and to our modern conveniences. We all benefit from looking at the STEM innovations behind these everyday items on which we are so dependent.”

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