Annual STEAM Fiesta Week is Here

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April 4, 2017

Annual STEAM Fiesta Week is Here

Event Brings 1000+ Middle and High Schoolers Together

EL PASO, TX (April 4, 2017) - The 2017 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Fiesta which is coordinated annually by Workforce Solutions Borderplex and the STEAM Fiesta Committee starts this week.  The multidimensional, two-day event for middle and high school students in the Borderplex Region was designed to increase student awareness of career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math disciplines.  This year there are seven STEAM high school competitions in addition to workshop rotations for middle schoolers.  Attached is a 2017 STEAM FIESTA GUIDE with a complete event lineup and map.  The media is invited to cover all the STEAM Fiesta activities.

                Thursday, April 6th from 8:00am to 3:30pm

                ESC REGION 19 Head Start

                11670 Chito Samaniego Drive  El Paso, Texas  79936

1000 middle school students will participate in workshop learning in the concentrations of architecture, culinary arts and cybersecurity.  Over 30 exhibitors will entertain the students as they navigate the event.  Dan Barstow with CASIS will present the group with a dynamic keynote address at 8:30am and 12:30pm.  High school competitions in the APP Design (sponsored by Western Tech), Robotics (sponsored by UTEP College of Engineering at Eastwood Robotics), and the STEAMentorship categories will also take place on this day. 

                Friday, April 7th from 9:00am to 7:00pm               

                EPCC Administration Building B

                9050 Viscount, El Paso, Texas  79925

Over 40 high school teams will compete in the STEAM Business Challenge (sponsored by the Hospitals of Providence), Growing on Mars Model Showcase (sponsored by Texas Tech College of Architecture), JAVA Coding (sponsored by Sigma), and the Prudential Math Challenge.  A reception, awards ceremony, and recognition program will be held from 5:00 to 7:00pm.  Thousands of dollars in cash prizes and scholarships will be granted. 

About Dan Barstow

                 Daniel Barstow is the Education Manager for the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab.  He supports large-scale public-access and educational use of the ISS, to explore and learn about Earth, life and physical science, from the unique perspective of space. He has a deep history in education, with a special focus on experiential and immersive learning.  Daniel founded and directed the Center for Earth and Space Science Education at the Technical Education Research Center, was President of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and Director of the Space Station Academy at the Virtual High School.  He is a nationally regarded expert in Earth and space science, climate and energy education.  He has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on over a dozen National Science Foundation and NASA-funded projects.  He is a co-founder of the Climate Literacy Network, was a member of the National Academy of Science panel on America’s Climate Choices, and Principal Investigator of Windows on Earth, software used by astronauts on the International Space Station to help them photograph Earth for science and education.

About STEAM Fiesta

STEAM Fiesta is a unique, multidimensional two day event for middle and high school students in the Borderplex Region, created to increase student awareness of career opportunities in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math). There are seven STEAM high school competitions that will take place during the two-day event. For more information visit Workforce Solutions Borderplex STEAM Page at: