MAHOPAC, N.Y. - On Saturday, May 14, the Mahopac schools held their first S.T.E.A.M. Fair at Mahopac Middle School. S.T.E.A.M. is the acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. 

S.T.E.A.M. is the integration of these disciplines that allows students to develop the ability to think outside the box and to use their knowledge and skills from these multiple areas to create new products, solve existing problems and meet the needs of an ever changing society.

Events at the fair included a Middle School science fair competition; a high school physics class Rube Goldberg competition; presentations of the high school science research posters and the Environthon posters; a demonstration of 3-D printing; a crime scene investigation led by the high school forensics class; a demonstration by engineering class students of circuits, aerodynamics, and robots; and a high school advanced recording music demonstration.  

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Middle School art students displayed their work showing how other disciplines are necessary in the creation of art.  In addition, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Mahopac resident and big cat expert, was on hand to discuss his work protecting the world’s wild cat species.

Students of all ages were able to participate in a variety of hands-on S.T.E.A.M. activities that encouraged them to build, create and problem-solve. They were encouraged to build a bridge, design a marble drop, create towers from marshmallows and toothpicks, and solve logic puzzles and more.  

The fair concluded with a presentation of “Mad Science,” which transformed science into fun, learning experiences.

The fair was organized by teachers Elizabeth Stephens and Beth Hicks and librarian JoAnn Bronschidle. Mahopac teachers Robert D’Alessandro, Kevin Finnerty, Margaret Fox, Kelly Kischak, Jason Klock, Garry Luciano, Stas Przymylski, Scott Rizzo, Dennis Quackenbush, Sima Warnock, Ann Margaret Lyons, and Sean Mohammed supported Mahopac student participation in the community event.