For a festival focused on the wonders of the world around us, the Fayetteville Earth Day Festival at City Center Park turned to local student groups to share their passion for science.

Whitewater High brought their STEAM bus, a mobile classroom for elementary students. Whitewater Grade 9 and 10 STEM students designed and implemented activities for the event, including roller coasters, rockets, virtual reality, rocks, robots, instant circuits and green screen.

The bus project is run like a business in which each member of the team has an essential role to play in its success. Roles include project leads, design, communications/marketing, documentation/social media, website, and grants/community outreach. The lower classes are responsible for managing and creating the activities, and the upper classes help with larger events such as the Earth Day event.

“Many hours of hard work and brainstorming have gone into this bus project since 2018. It is a true labor of love,” said Shelley Kozlowski, STEM Program Coordinator. “Thanks to our new sponsors this year, we are able to move forward with our bus design in the coming months and hope to transform the look of our school bus into an eye-catching STEAM bus!”

The bus experience aims to engage elementary school students in STEM learning.

“We hope that our STEM students will retain the feeling that they are part of a team that makes a difference in our community,” said Kathryn Dupree, STEM program coordinator. “We, in turn, hope that primary school students will take away a love of all things STEM and be ignited with a passion for learning.”

It wasn’t just the Wildcats participating. The Fayette County High Green Club was also represented by 10 students who gave an eco-demonstration on hydroponic gardening.

– Provided by Fayette County School System.

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