In November, the Ottawa Coalition of Community Houses held the first annual STEAM Fair at the Confederation Education Centre.
150 children from 12 OCH neighbourhoods across Ottawa were treated to a fun and educational day learning and exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. They had fun learning about physics by trying to land stuffed animals into baskets using a giant slingshot, explored under the sea, volcanoes and dinosaurs through 3D Virtual Reality goggles, learned coding, built and tested the longest flying paper airplanes, enjoyed a 3D Printing demonstration from uOttawa’s Makermobile, and more!
As part of the day, we hosted a Science Fair. The children had been working on their projects since September and were eager to present them at the fair. Marco Pagani (Ottawa Community Foundation) and Councillor Theresa Kavanagh acted as Judges and selected a total of 4 winners.
16 youth from the neighbourhoods volunteered to help the MAKE iT Club staff run the activities. Not only was this a great help, but it was a great way to gain employment skills that they can add to their resumes.
This event was a success thanks to the generous support of CUPE 503. The feedback from the children and parents has been overwhelming and they are already talking about next year’s STEAM Fair!