Most Lower Providence Township residents are probably crunching numbers for April 15. With tax day looming, it is the farthest thing from Arcola Intermediate School students’ minds. Instead, they are looking to the future.
Arcola will spend April 15 hosting its fourth annual STEAM Day, including programs in a day-long event with presenters in the science, technology, engineering, math and arts fields.
The day will kick off with keynote speaker Lily Bui, at 8:35 a.m. Bui, who is slated to speak both to her love for the arts and sciences, holds dual non-science bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Spanish from the University of California Irvine.
Bui is the daughter of an “engineer and an accountant who also happens to be a photographer and musician,” bringing the term “well-rounded” to a whole new meaning. Working everywhere from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to touring with famous musicians, Bui has worked in a multitude of STEAM industries.
Students will continue after Bui’s speech to visit classrooms with unique presentations showing each half-hour.
“Students will visit presenters throughout the day, based on their interests,” said Angela Linch, Coordinator of Communications and Community Services. “These presentations will include activities meant to educate the students in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) fields, introduce them to the world of work, and engage them in leadership and team-building exercises. Much of this programming is designed to meet the new career exploration standards presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.”
The day will also include science assemblies by The Franklin Institute, in Philadelphia.
“Focused on chemistry, these assemblies will have the students watch and learn as the presenters differentiate between physical and chemical properties through fun, engaging demonstrations,” said Linch. “The chemistry show explores everything from everyday chemistry to the chemical ‘detective’ work performed by laboratory scientists.”