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Fifth Annual STEM Expo Nov. 2

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Fifth Annual STEM Expo Nov. 2
Posted on 10/30/2018
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The Portland Public Schools’ Fifth Annual STEM Exposition is set for Friday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine’s Sullivan Gymnasium.

Each year, the Expo brings in approximately 1,800 visitors – most of them PPS students brought in by the busload – to see exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) exhibits, put on by PPS students, local businesses, postsecondary schools and other organizations. The public also is invited to attend. The Expo serves as an opportunity to share with the community the STEM learning occurring in PPS classrooms.

EnviroLogix, a Portland-based company that develops and manufactures innovative detection technology for every link in the worldwide food production chain, partners with the Portland Public Schools each year in putting on the Expo.

“Now in its fifth year, the STEM Expo has become an important fall tradition in our district,” said Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana. “Portland Public Schools students get to showcase their STEM learning for fellow students and the public, and also to learn from local businesses, institutions of higher education and others about STEM in real life. We are grateful to EnviroLogix for once again partnering with us to help our students prepare for 21st century jobs by expanding their knowledge of STEM.”

EnviroLogix President and CEO Bill Welch said, “EnviroLogix is excited each year to play a role in making students aware of the applied innovation that exists right here in their backyard. Our participation also benefits us as a technology company. It’s a way to for us to not only invest in the community but also in potential future employees.”

There will be approximately 50 exhibits at this year’s Expo. Students from PPS elementary, middle and high schools will run about half of those exhibits, demonstrating their STEM knowledge. Community partners will put on the remaining exhibits. Those exhibitors include USM; the University of Maine and their 4-H STEM Ambassadors; the University of New England; Southern Maine Community College; EnviroLogix; Engineers Without Borders; Kepware Technologies; Learning Works; Portland Public Library; ACE Mentor Program; and the Portland Fire Department.

PHOTO CAPTION: At the 2016 STEM Expo, then Riverton Elementary School fifth-grader Theodore Burkhardt used a model of a trash-to-energy ship he designed to explain how to help address the problem of plastic garbage in the ocean.