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Third Annual STEAM Faire a Huge Success Bigger and more interactive each year

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Two graduate students hold up diagrams of brains to middle school students

Sunspotters, optical illusions, virtual reality, and experiments in light and sound and fire … the sciences came to life at the Don Myers Technology and Innovation Building during American University’s third annual STEAM Faire — a celebration of Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Arts, and Mathematics.

AU's Jonathan Newport demonstrates soundwaves with a device using flames

The event, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, was a grand success, bigger and more interactive than ever before. “We had more than 350 elementary, middle, and high-school students from around the city participate. AU students got a chance to engage with these students and hopefully inspire them to pursue careers in the sciences,” said event organizer Kathryn Walters-Conte, American University’s Director of STEM Partnerships and Outreach, Director of AU I-CORPS Site Program, and Director of Masters in Biotechnology.

An AU math student shows a elementary student multi-sided dice

Highlights included meeting Morgan Gendel, science author for Star Trek, a dramatic physics demo show, an “Awakening Scientific Discovery Through Art” lecture, and open houses and activities at the Design and Build Lab and the AU Game Lab.

A student uses a VR headset

There was something for everyone at the faire. Clubs and STEM departments offered interactive activities: marine biology, behavioral neuroscience, chemistry, space, visual intelligence, Phi Delta Epsilon, nutrition, data science, Healthy Schools-Healthy Communities, not math club, science in literature, audio tech, developmental neuroscience, amateur radio, BRAIN club, underrepresented students in STEM, and the zebrafish laboratory.

AU Professor Stacey Snelling talks to visiting students