Southeastern to host STEM Fest for students, parents


Monday, August 12, 2019 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Students and their parents will have the opportunity to feed their minds with hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities and discussions at the second annual Back-to-School STEM Fest at Southeastern Louisiana University Saturday, Aug. 24.
     The free event is scheduled at the Pennington Student Activity Center, located on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Southeastern’s Assistant Director of Math Science Upward Bound high school program Wendy Conarro said STEM Fest offers fun for the whole family and provides hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math through games and experiments with robotics, aeronautics, health, medicine, the environment, and more.
     “Parents will learn about activities planned throughout the school year to support their children’s interest and development,” said Conarro.
     Registration for STEM Fest is free, and the first 700 students pre-registered receive a free string bag. To register, visit Registration is also available at the door. Lunch and snacks will be available to purchase from student organizations.
     “In addition, monthly community STEM Cafes will be held throughout Tangipahoa, as well as Livingston, St. Helena, and Washington parishes as follow ups to STEM Fest,” Conarro said. “Organized by the Northshore STEM Coalition, this new event series is designed to excite students about STEM and to support their success in school.”
     Northshore STEM Coalition is a coalition of education, industry, community, and business leaders dedicated to expanding quality STEM education opportunities throughout the greater Northshore region, Conarro said.

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