Oct. 23: GHS to host STEAM Fair, listen to the iHeartRadio interview

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The Goshen High School will host its first STEAM Fair: Women In Steam from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at Goshen High School.

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Technology Teachers Dillon Johnson and Joe Fedor, and Business Teacher/Internship Coordinator Danielle Linguanti, with Uncle Mike from iHeartRadio.

STEAM education is an approach that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking.

The Goshen High School has grown its STEAM program over the past few years, with courses such as robotics, computer science, design and drawing for production, materials processing, Family and Consumer Science courses, and more. Technology Teacher Dillon Johnson organized the STEAM Fair in order to bring more students into STEAM, especially women, who are notably underrepresented in these fields.

“There are a lot of amazing career opportunities, and we want all our students to experience these courses in order to pique their interests,” said Johnson.

According to Johnson, who is organizing the STEAM Fair with the help of colleagues Joe Fedor, technology teacher, and Danielle Linguanti, business teacher and internship coordinator, the STEAM Fair will have a college-fair type “feel” but without a full-focus on colleges.

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Students in Dillon Johnson’s Robotics class operate robots, having them pick up and place balls in a basket.

“There will be colleges there to talk to students about different degrees and programs, but there will also be manufacturing companies and businesses who will discuss career opportunities and trade schools as well,” said Johnson. “The trades are important and there are so many pathways to success that we want to showcase to our students.”

Johnson and Fedor are working hand-in-hand with Linguanti in order to help place students in STEAM internships in order to give them a hands-on, fully immersive experience in their field of interest – and a possible career opportunity – before even leaving high school.

“The STEAM Fair is a great opportunity for students to gauge their interests, have authentic conversations with career and college representatives, and then look to the high school for course and internship opportunities,” said Johnson.

Admission is free. Students and their families can visit with different representatives from businesses and colleges,  grab some lunch from food trucks, and participate in a number of hands-on, problem-solving activities, including constructing a beam to see what it holds, use robots to pick up and drop a ball, and more. iHeartRadio will also be in attendance.

According to the Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM, examples of STEAM careers are:

  • Mechanical & Civil Engineer
  • Architect
  • Website/App Designer
  • Modern Urban Planner
  • Orthopedic Technologist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Product Designer
  • Animator
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Sound Engineer
  • Video Game Designer
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Astrophysicist
  • Audio Developer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Broadcast Technicians
  • Fashion Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Photographer
  • Sports Announcer
  • Pilots
  • Astronaut
  • Conservators
  • Archeologist
  • Scientific Imaging