Roanoke, Va. (WFXR) — Over sixteen-hundred participants rolled into the immediate Roanoke area by the busloads for STEAM day last year. This year, there’s no limit on the number of participants due to it going virtual. Similar to many other other community events and educational programs, the decision to go virtual was made due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
However, there are advantages.
“The main advantage is we’ll be able to reach kids that wouldn’t normally be able to come to STEAM day. Children will be able to not only access the day of the event, but the recordings and even the live events will be recorded so they’ll be available for months after.”Donald Pizzullo, Chair of STEAM Day, Sr. Program Support Manager, Virginia Tech Roanoke Center
Virtual STEAM Day is great opportunity for learners of all ages to dive into science, technology, engineering, art and math from the comfort of their own homes or from the classroom. All ages and education levels have access to the region’s brightest minds and materials.
“The neat thing about STEAM day is it truly is a community partnership. The science Museum of Western Virginia, the Taubman Museum of Art, The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Radford University, Carilion partners, Virginia Tech, Shoestring Science, the Making Foundation… just so many organizations and groups have gotten together and this event that would not happen without them.”Donald Pizzullo, Chair of STEAM Day, Sr. Program Support Manager, Virginia Tech Roanoke Center
There are over twenty different pre-recorded sessions as well as a multitude of live sessions. Hannah Weiss of Shoestring Science knows how to bring the fun and diminish the funds with fundamental science. She has a variety of interactive sessions that can be done with supplies that many probably already have at home.
“Our big goal in doing shoestring science is doing STEM education on a shoestring budget, making it so that anybody can do STEM.”Hannah Weiss, Cofounder of Shoestring Science
To check out all of the great Virtual STEAM resources, click here!