Students and Scientific Community Converge at Brookside Intermediate STEM Expo

Students and Scientific Community Converge at Brookside Intermediate STEM Expo
Posted on 09/06/2019
Brookside STEMBrookside Intermediate, Clear Creek ISD’s second Science Magnet school, hosted the Community Collaboration STEM Expo on September 4. The inaugural event aimed to launch the 2019 Science and Engineering Fair “season” with area Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professionals lending their expertise to students exploring project topics, hypotheses and research.

The more than 20 professional experts ranged from aerospace engineers and a biomechanist, to a veterinarian and underwater robotics programmer.

“The future success of all technology industries will depend on the readiness of our next STEM generation which are currently students,” said Stephanie Gill, Boeing Associate Technical Fellow and Expo volunteer. “The execution of science fair projects is a beneficial learning opportunity for students to start to understand how to think like a STEM professional when encountering problems that need to be solved every day.”

Students all over the District are currently fully engaged in developing their projects in several research areas including physics and astronomy, animal sciences, behavioral and social sciences, and environmental sciences, to name a few. Although many students are in the brainstorming and idea-forming phase of their project, the overall goal of the Expo was for the budding scientists to be at least one-step closer to completing their projects.

“Mr. Boit from Boeing and Dr. Na from UTMB really helped me with planning my project,” said Dominick “Dom” Maes, a sixth grader at Brookside Intermediate. “They went in depth with how they could test my project and analyze the data. I didn’t think I was going to do well in science fair before the STEM Expo but now I feel like I can be successful.”

“Our hope was that each student would walk away from the event with a clearer topic idea or a testable question to focus on,” said Joey Segura, Brookside Intermediate Science Magnet Liaison. “I believe we saw that vision come to fruition last night.”

“I cannot express enough thanks to our experts and teacher and parent volunteers,” said Segura. “Their help allowed this inaugural event to be the big success that it was. We can’t wait until next year’s Expo!”

Brookside Intermediate School is in its second year incorporating the Science Magnet Program. The expansion of Brookside to a Science Magnet school was made possible through the Bond 2017 Program which added four new science labs and support spaces to the campus.

Fifth grade students who are zoned to Brookside, Clear Lake, Creekside, Victory Lakes and Westbrook intermediate schools are eligible to apply for the Science Magnet Program. Students who are zoned to Clear Creek, League City, Seabrook and Space Center intermediate schools attend the District’s first Science Magnet Program at Seabrook Intermediate. Students who apply and are selected for this program take additional science electives, participate in field trips, hands-on learning and STEM enriched extra-curricular offerings.

For more information or to volunteer your STEM professional expertise for the Science Magnet Program, contact Joey Segura at JSeguraJr@ccisd.net.
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