Orinda Union School District holds a science, technology, engineering and mathematics fair – Press Release
June 1st, 2016
See the published article at www.lamorindaweekly.com
June 2, 2016 (9am-12nn)
Del Rey Elementary School along El Camino Moraga held a Maker’s Day Fair last June 2 on campus to further foster their students’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the arts.
Students and their families enjoyed the half-day event as they gained hands-on experience working with robots, drones, clay animation, green screen movie making and solar technology. According to Del Rey principal Kirsten Theurer, the Maker’s Day Fair exemplifies great community spirit. “We are very excited to bring together our students, faculty and staff, parents and other members of the community in an event that celebrates science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. We hope that this fair will further inspire our future artists, scientists, doctors, astronauts, engineers and researchers.”
Del Rey Elementary School of the Orinda Union School District (OUSD) is a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program of the U.S. Department of Education recognizes public and private schools where students achieve very high learning standards.
Sun Light & Power (SLP), the company who will be installing solar systems at five OUSD schools this summer, and TerraVerde Renewable Partners LLC, the company assisting the District in their solar project, did a solar power demonstration that focused on solar cell exploration and clean energy generation. “It was fun explaining to the kids how energy from the sun can be harnessed and used to power ordinary appliances,” SLP’s Bobby Shultz said. Ashley Dimas of TerraVerde added that the students asked great questions and were really interested in how the solar-powered water pump that was on display worked.
Aside from exploring STEM-related booths, students wrote movie scripts and created a video of their stories using either green screen, or clay and an iPad. John Toki, a well-known Bay Area sculptor, guided the students as they help design, weld and paint a piece of public art to be displayed at the Orinda Library and later to be installed at Del Rey.
Glorietta Elementary School, another OUSD school, will hold a similar event in the fall, with the exact date to be determined.