By: Amani Malickel, Follow South Jersey Intern
MULLICA HILL, N.J. – Clearview Regional High School held their annual STEM event, but this year with a new edition – the letter “A” – making it the school’s very first STEAM Showcase on June 6.
The Showcase updated to STEAM, standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, to “become more inclusive from previous years” and “to highlight the artistic aspect required for STEM innovation,” wrote student Vincent Fox in the Showcase program.
Spotlighting students from 7th through 12th grades, the Showcase joined together teachers, parents, many more volunteers and staff, and students across various STEAM related clubs, such as Architecture Club, the Technology Student Association, and Clearview’s several robotics teams.
This collaboration brought forth hands-on demonstrations, live capstone presentations, an art show, information tables, and more. There was even face painting and student activities to make the around 250 person event a community affair.
“The best part of the evening was not necessarily a specific project or presentation,” said teacher organizer Anne Paoletti. “It was the spirit of curiosity, collaboration, learning and fun that filled every space of the Clearview STEAM Showcase!”
Student organizer and member of 9848 GearView (one of Clearview’s competitive robotics teams), Nanda Guntupalli, noted that robotics was his favorite part of the event, because they “really get to show off all of their achievements throughout the year,” and also, “try to recruit new members…and try to get other outside organizations to the showcase.”
“It was truly an evening of community celebration where everyone involved could enjoy a sense of pride and belonging because each person in attendance was committed and invested in our community,” remarked Paoletti. “Our hope is that this showcase event established a model that is scalable so that the event grows to include more and more members of our school community.”
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