Independence Middle School was one of 26 schools that was able to showcase what its students learned last school year at the 2017 STEAM Showcase, which was hosted by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit at the Nova Center on the North Side.
The schools that participated in this year’s event were the recipients of a $20,000 grant last school year from the AIU’s Center for Creativity and the Grable Foundation, and the Showcase was an opportunity to provide examples of how the grant money provided the necessary funding for equipment and supplies to enable these students to learn in new and innovative ways.
Students Kate Cottrill, Megan Cunningham, Toyosi Egbebi, Evan Isenberg, Kelly Katilius, Alexander Markunas, Julia Marshal, Anna Rosemeier, Aiden Shay and Kessid Wicker were excited to share what they learned last school year with anyone who was interested in knowing more.
The Independence Middle School display area was packed with people and several media outlets, including the Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Parent Magazine and NPR. They wanted to know more about the the go-kart that was built by the Innovators Club, the seventh grade Science Biomes that depicted different habitats and the animals that live in them, how a student repurposed unusable laptop computer screens into beautiful environmentally-friendly lighting fixtures, and how eighth graders could construct balsa wood bridges that could support up to 300 pounds.
The students’ enthusiasm for their projects was palpable and contagious, as they described how exciting and fun it was to participate in these learning experiences. Please click here to see some pictures from this year's STEAM Showcase.