STEAM-Powered Event

SPSF STEAM-Powered celebration captures the imaginations of the current STEAM student in a century-old power and steam-producing landmark; Scheduled for Sept. 20, 2018

The Spokane Public Schools Foundation (SPSF) Board will host its second annual STEAM-Powered  (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) event at the historic STEAM Plant, one of the most recognizable landmarks in downtown Spokane, the evening of September 20, 2018.

Newly renovated, the STEAM Plant, has an integral place in the City’s history with then-Washington Water Power’s latest technology that provided power and heat to a majority of downtown homes and businesses. Now a hip restaurant and event center, this is a great location match for our STEAM students and projects funded by the Foundation.

The intent of the SPSF event is to recognize students involved in STEAM projects, and to raise funds that allow the SPSF to continue to award even more grants in these categories that also allow all students to participate.

The display of STEAM student projects was a big hit at the SPSF’s inaugural event in 2017, followed by a dinner where over $43,000 was raised, and plans include several more such projects at this year’s event. In our first STEAM-Powered event, we had Ozobots, incredible 3D printing, digital music, Raspberry Pi, a robot zoo and more.

Last year’s audience heard from Bonita Burke, Ph.D, a 1997 graduate of Rogers High School who shared fond memories of Rogers and milestones in her remarkable career. She is currently with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Library in Lexington. She has had award-wining support for national security, fusion energy modeling, and a national leader in the field of plasma physics. She also chairs the Women’s Network at MIT.

What’s the connection and why is this event important to us? In the past 10 years in our Washington state alone, STEM jobs have grown three times faster than non-STEM jobs. In the next decade, most of the 30 fastest-growing jobs will require STEM skills. If you add in art and design in K-20 education, we have STEAM. This is where we need to focus our learning opportunities, and that include art, design and critical thinking skills.

Come join us on September 20, 2018. Follow the SPSF website and Facebook site for more information about this year’s event and how to register as planning continues. You will not want to miss it!