Family and friends are welcome to attend the second annual Waxahachie ISD STEM Expo on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Waxahachie High School.

Students of all ages, along with their families, will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of STEM-related activities and challenges from 10 a.m.—2 p.m.

The free event will include interactive exhibits, contests, a science fair, movies, a concert, a variety of vendors, food trucks and more.

“With the help of our community partners, WISD served over 5,000 guests at the STEM Expo in 2018," reflected Melissa Abadie, WISD elementary STEM/science coordinator. "We were thrilled with the attendance and participation levels from last year’s expo. We are back in 2019 at a larger venue for an action-packed, interactive, engaging day of all things STEM-related."

Two STEM-related competitions will also take place in the Waxahachie High School main foyer.

The Duct Tape Contest + Fashion Show (www.bit.lystemexpofashion) will take place at 11 a.m. with check-in at 10 a.m. This contest is sponsored by The Fashion Den Dallas. Visa gift cards will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in both the elementary and secondary categories.

There will also be a Cardboard Robot Design Contest and Parade (www.bit.ly/stemexporobot), which is sponsored by Burleson's Honey. Awards for this contest will include CUE Robot, Ozobot Evos, Sphero Mini, Cozmo, Shero SPPRK. Check-in for the competition will be at 10 a.m. and will begin at noon. Contestants are required to register by Jan. 30 online.

At the expo, visitors can venture to the library to observe WISD’s seventh-grade and elementary school Science Fair projects that have advanced to the WISD Science Fair. At 2:15 p.m. the district science fair and contests winners will be announced in the Mike Turner Gymnasium.

Two movies will be featured at three different times throughout the event. "Dream Big: Engineering Our World," will be shown in the lecture hall; and National Geographic's "What's the Big Idea?" in the library.

Tours of the state-of-the-art WHS Career and Technical Education wing will take place on the west side of campus. This is the ideal opportunity to learn about some of the career clusters offered at the high school. A travel passport will be granted to each tourist, and at each stop, an interactive activity will take place with each career cluster and the visa will be stamped. Once the traveler has concluded the tour, their name will be entered into a drawing for CTE prizes.

There will be approximately 120 free, interactive booths on campus with activities that correlate with STEM education. These activities are suited for grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Activities include, but are not limited to, Science Safari, planetarium skydome, robotics, an escape room, confetti cannons, 3D pen creations, creating phone apps, soccer goal challenge, pendulum painting, Sphearo robots, Ozobots, capsule parachute landings and many more.

“The WISD STEM Expo gives parents an opportunity to learn alongside their children through experimentation, research and creativity," explained Shelle Blaylock, WISD Assistant Superintendent of Leadership and Academics.

The expo will also feature the musical group "Music Notes," who will travel all the way from California to perform. The performers are known for their local hit "I'm so happy (I go to school in Waxahachie)."

The concert will begin at 2:15 p.m. in the Mike Turner Gymnasium. The music group will also host an interactive booth from 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. to teach about songwriting.

Some local vendors include Ellis County Bricks 4 Kids, Dallas Zoo, STEM Scouts, The Creature Teacher, KERA, National Geographic and KEBC 1390 will host the morning talk show on-site.

The WISD Bookmobile will offer a free book to each child. They will be located in the east guest parking lot.

The Ellis County Sheriff Department and Waxahachie Fire Department will have vehicles on site, there will be photo backdrop opportunities throughout the event as well as free commercial photo booths. STEMscopes will sponsor a booth that will include stomp rocket launching. Camp Invention Inc. will host an activity with magnetic fishing, and the Kid Science Safari will consist of 13 different activities. Jacobs Engineering, who recently partnered with Wilemon STEAM Academy will host an engineering design booth.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science TECH Truck will be onsite to offer STEM-related activities.

Food trucks will be located in the small parking lot on the east side of campus and will consist of Pokey O's, Big Al Mac Grill, Yummy Pizza and Yummy BBQ, and The Butchers Son.

Also, the Global High School Parents on Campus Group will run the concession stand near the gymnasium.

By attending the STEM Expo, WISD students will receive a token to trade for a 100 daily math or science grade. Door prizes will be offered.

Guests are recommended to park in the east parking lot and enter through the Mike Turner Gymnasium.

Sponsors for the second annual STEM Expo include Burleson’s Honey, The Fashion Den Dallas, Morgan Orthodontics, Ellis County Sheriff’s Department, Waxahachie Fire Department, Photo Booths and Moore, STEMscopes, Camp Invention, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services, Texas Farm Bureau, Jacobs Engineering, The Mad Science Shop, Navarro College, Ellis County Master Gardeners, STEMScouts, KBEC, Hand2Mind, Pitsco, KERA, National Geographic, Sims Library, Lowe’s, The Next Generation STEM Garden, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, and Parker and Moore Orthodontics.

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Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450