Jones Intermediate School recently hosted its first STEAM Showcase.
STEAM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
The showcase was sponsored by a group of students called the Fundraising Friends Action Team, led by fourth grade teacher Lauren Murphy.
Adrienne Murchland, the STEAM teacher at Jones, and Murphy wanted the event to get students excited about science while also using the gathering to help those in need. All participants paid $1 to enter a STEAM project. Admission to the showcase was free but donations were accepted.
All proceeds went to benefit the rebuilding of Hilliard Elementary School in Houston, Texas. The school sustained heavy damage as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
Projects were to follow the scientific method or cover any aspect of science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics. During the showcase students also had art projects on display led by art teacher Aaron Gibbons. Sarah Inman, music teacher, set up an interactive music session called an Instrument Petting Zoo.
Judges for the event included professionals from both science and art career fields from Mount Airy City Schools, Novant Health, Cook Medical, and other community leaders. The students displayed and presented their projects for the panel of judges. Various categorical awards were given out.
The event included about 20 STEAM projects and 15 art projects presented by students at Jones. The projects highlighted many areas of science and engineering such as building a personal computer, water filtration, steam engines, and taste.
The showcase was able to raise $270 for Hilliard Elementary School.