By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Published: 2017-10-02 01:40
Date Modified: 2017-10-03 06:03
STEAM

Duluth – Cooler days may be ahead but STEAM will heat things up with lots of fun activities for the community to enjoy. The evening of October 13th will be filled with the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) to be enjoyed by all ages; including crowd-favorite DJ Rob in Downtown Duluth. The fun begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m.

This year, all schools from the Duluth cluster will take part of the event; which has grown considerably the last few years. Duluth High, Coleman Middle, Duluth Middle, Chesney Elementary, Berkeley Lake Elementary, Harris Elementary, and Chattahoochee Elementary will join the event to showcase their Project-Based Learning (PBL) projects. Each project at each grade level aligns to the first nine weeks curriculum. The projects are driven by science and mathematics with humanities and arts woven into each unit. These units of study were based on real-world applications, investigations and integration of content areas. They demonstrate a high level of student engagement and mastery of the AKSs. These projects will be showcased on Duluth Town Green. Some of the projects you can expect to see:

• Tiny home models that use renewable and non-renewable resources to conserve energy.
• The creation of petri dish art based on the use of bacteria growth, using kill zones to create the artistic aspect.
• The challenge to create a mode of transportation using only air, water, rail, or road; to move goods from one location to another.

STEAM activities are kid friendly and include interactive displays sponsored by community groups, companies and individuals that challenge keen minds and demonstrate how everyday items can be used in imaginative and innovative ways.  A few of the scheduled STEAM participants and programs you can expect to see at the event are:

• Freeze Cream is a local vendor of delicious organic ice cream and uses the freezing properties of Nitrogen to instantaneously make this favorite summer treat!  A Freeze Cream representative will demonstrate to the STE(A)M audience how rapidly ice cream can be created using Nitrogen, and will share the yummy results of this “scientific dessert!”
• Georgia Gwinnett College will host a Cryptography Treasure Hunt around Town Green. The GGC booth will also include programs and interactive activities for all ages to enjoy such as the mathematics of card tricks and more!
• “Mathnasium” will test math skills and highlight the importance of math in everyday life.
• Visit Georgia State University’s Neuroscience Institute to make a brain! They will have some brain model kits to learn about all the functions.
• Learn all about 3D printing at the Duluth Public Library tent! They will also have some interactive activities as well.
• Expect some free arts and crafts activities from Eye Candy Art Studio and Gingham & Eyelet.

As part of the ART portion of the event, the Duluth Fine Arts League will host an Art Walk in Parsons Alley. There, residents will find artists showcasing their work along with live music and other fun activities. Life-sized games such as Checkers, Chess and Connect 4 can be found throughout the event.  Food Trucks will also be there to satisfy your most intense cravings.