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Truckee STEAM Fair entices future scientists, doctors, engineers

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Roughly 600 students and parents were on hand at the Nov. 6 event at Truckee High to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) endeavors.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Truckee Unified School District's recent STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Fair was bustling with third- through 12th-grade students and their families.

Participants at the Nov. 6 event at Truckee High School were given the opportunity to see real-life examples of what professionals in these fields do on a day-to-day basis.

There were 44 booths, including local and regional experts and representatives from colleges and high school pathway programs. Each booth offered hands-on, practical experiences for students, giving them the opportunity to start exploring college and career options in the STEAM fields.

Approximately 600 people were in attendance, and 100 students received state-of-the-art robots as prizes from Ken Gracey, owner of Parallax.

Planetarium tickets were also given away, courtesy of the Planetarium in Reno. The students were enthusiastic about the event, and a few elementary students shared their input on the STEAM Fair:

Carrie: "I liked playing with the colored robots where I could make any kind of design with them."

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Lauren: "I think I like electrical engineering!"

John: "I like trains and railroading so that was my favorite booth."

Travis: "My favorite was programming the robots that followed the line. But I think I want to be a physicist."

Ethan: "I thought the big bicycle was really cool and I liked that they were giving robots away!"

Owen: "My favorite booth was the architect booth. They showed me the whole process of building a house which is a lot like following the directions for the fancier Lego projects."

Special thanks to the STEAM Fair volunteer committee — Greg McDougal, Amye Cole, Randy House, Rachel Falk, and Jess Darkenwald — who organized the event.

The event was possible based on generous sponsorships provided by the Rotary Club of Truckee, Tahoe Forest Hospital, the Optimist Club, Town of Truckee, Parallax and Excellence in Education.

This article was provided to the Sun by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org to learn more.