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STEAM Expo enters third year

A static ball makes Amya Hagen's hair stand up at a past STEAM Expo. This year's event will be Thursday, March 30, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Alexandria Area High School. (Contributed)

Alexandria Public Schools will host the third annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Expo on Thursday, March 30, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Alexandria Area High School. This educational event is free to attend and open to the public.

Healthy food and refreshments will be available for purchase for $4.25 for children Pre-K through fifth grade and $6 for children in sixth grade or older and adults.

The STEAM Expo creates education events appropriate for all ages, promoting science and the arts for Pre-K-12 and the community. The goal of the event is to create enthusiasm for learning through hands-on and interactive activities that demonstrate how much fun STEAM can be, showcasing the elements of STEAM curriculum and connecting learning with real-world application.

Some highlights of the event include:

• The Bell Museum of Natural History ExploraDome Planetarium will feature a Motion of the Sky program geared toward grades 3-5. The ExploraDome allows audiences to fly through space to investigate Earth's place in the Solar System.

• More than 20 exhibitors will offer engaging activities in their booth area.

• Attendees of all ages can participate in hands-on activities, such as making snacks, learning pottery or virtual welding, in the state-of-the-art Culinary, Design/Build, Digital, and Visual Art high school learning labs.

• The gymnasium will include robot demonstrations by the high school robotics mechatronics team, color perception presentations by the 3M Visiting Wizards and a hair-raising static ball experience.

• Complete take-home projects such as a wood bee house with a laser-engraved roof or air-dry clay creations.

• Handle and play real musical instruments, get a backstage tour, participate in a children's theater workshop and more in the Performing Arts Center.

• Art projects from fifth through 12th grade students will be on display. There will also be face painting and caricature artists.

For more information, visit, contact Jill Johnson, communications and marketing supervisor, at (320) 762-2141, ext. 4202, or Lynn Jenc, Community Education director, at (320) 762-2141, ext. 4271.

The STEAM Expo is made possible with support from Alexandria Area High School A Club, Alexandria Education Foundation, ALP Utilities, Alexandria Technical and Community College, Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management, and Runestone Electric Association.