On Oct., 23, Goshen High School hosted its first STEAM Fair: Women In Steam at the Coliseum. STEAM education is an approach that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking.
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. He was assisted by colleagues Joe Fedor, technology teacher, and Danielle Linguanti, business teacher and internship coordinator.
“There are a lot of amazing education and career opportunities, and we want all our students to experience these courses in order to pique their interests,” said Johnson.
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 was 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.
In addition to food trucks Eddie’s Churros and Flavor Hut, the following offered their expertise at the high school at the STEAM Fair:
- MaryGrace Bauer-Gluckman, Interior Designer at Champalimaud Design
- Aneesa Hussain, Founder of Girls Who Code Capital Region and Cyber Security Copy Writer
- Michael Cozzolino, Camille Brown, and Christina Stoddard from Viking Industries
- Valley Central High School Technology Department (Holding a hands-on activity and competition) Nick Longo and students
- Globalfoundries: Olivia Smith-Walters, Tammy Pulver, Sonia Ethakkan, and Kailyn Bremmer
- Balchem (New Hampton Food Scientists): Kristine Lukasik and Helen King
- Rajeev Chhabra, senior developer at Dovetail
- LegoLand – Melinda Perez, Dawn McAdams, and Danielle Ross
- iHeartRadio – Ava Yurchison and Annie Leamy (Q92)
- Rachel Losee – Jewelry and costume design
- Marist Fashion – Richelle Valenzuela
- Allendale Machinery and Pinebush HS: Marty McGill, and Company
- Gerard Associates – Karen Coello, Drafter