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May 6, 2014

Science, math and technology take center stage in education fair

By Kevin Bunch
C & G Staff Writer

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville school district will be trying to teach kids and their families the importance of science, math and technology to their future careers during the district’s upcoming educational fair May 9 at Roseville High School.

The Science, Math and Technology Fair will run from 6:30-8 p.m., and according to Deputy Superintendent Michael LaFeve, it will have a variety of hands-on projects for kids of all ages.

“They’re all revolving around science, math or technology,” LaFeve said. “We’ll have presentations going on in the planetarium; we have some local companies doing technology presentations; and (we have) some preschool math activities.”

He added that while the projects are geared toward elementary school-age children, the evening itself should have interesting projects and presentations for older kids and parents.

Roseville High School Technology Director Michael Antoine said the local company presentations will be about the various kinds of technology that get used in classrooms today, such as iPads and a device that can turn any surface into an interactive Smart Board. This way, not only can parents see what their kids are using to learn, but they can get some hands-on time with the devices.

He added that Comcast would be there to emphasize its Internet Essentials program, which helps families in need obtain Internet access based on their financial situation.

“One of the people in our district puts the Science Olympiad on for the county, and she’s bringing a lot of her hands-on information there,” Antoine said.

High school and middle school students, including members of science-based clubs and the National Honor Society, are helping run some of the projects and programs, Antoine said, and the entire evening is paid for through donations, so it will not impact the district’s budget.

LaFeve said this is not the first educational fair the district has organized, but it is the first one with a STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — focus. In years past, the school has held fairs on topics such as cultural diversity and health.

“Most of the career opportunities out there seem to revolve around math, science and technology,” he said. “We want to alert the kids to the importance of doing well in their math and science classes in school.”

The event will be focused primarily on the west side of the building, LaFeve said, in the two cafeterias and gymnasiums, as well as the hallway leading to the planetarium.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Kevin Bunch at kbunch@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1030.