Over 1200 students grades 5th through 8th from Antelope Valley schools gathered for the 2016 S.T.R.E.A.M Kids expo at the Rancho Vista Golf Club on March 17.

The Foundation was formed in 2015.  S.T.R.E.A.M Kids expo was founded by 14-year-old Namani Knight from Hillview Middle School who had a dream of starting a business that boosted the visibility of new technology and opportunities for future career alternatives to her peers and those in the surrounding communities.

 S. T. R. E. A. M. stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Manufacturing.  The expo featured hands on activities from start-up ventures to blue-chip technology companies. Each company had a chance to find out how to gain the interest of students through the use of these guided activities.

The excitement generated from the interactive based learning at S.T.R.E.A.M Kids Expo is then transferred back to each school and acts as a catalyst to target the personal interests of each student.  Studies have shown that the subject matter from hands-on activities are better retained by students and teachers are eager to tap into whatever area sparks a student’s interest. Teachers then assist each student in strengthening their knowledge in areas of business interest so that they can better prepare them toward a career of their choice.

Here are the goals outlined by S.T.R.EA.M.

  1. To create a memorable interactive learning experience for kids, schools and communities.
  2. Increase access to S.T.R.EA.M. programs in underprivileged and low performing neighborhoods.
  3. To encourage a movement where kids are empowered to own and reach their fullest potential.
  4. Stimulate conversation among kids about their education and how it aligns with future work.

The Exhibitors:

The Lockheed Martin team combined art, crafts and science to show how wind turbines work.  Students used cork, toothpicks, manila paper and tape to create a wind turbine.  They hooked it up to a voltage meter and held it in front of a fan to read the how fast each model would go.

Stephen Cunningham from All Circuits Electric Inc. created an exhibit that showed the inner workings of an electrical installation.

 Justin Lagos, owner of Energy Plus Solar Power in Lancaster introduced students to the concept of a solar-powered plane that uses no fuel and runs solely on solar panels that are affixed to each wing of the airplane.   The solar panels capture energy from the sun pointing out the power of clean technologies and renewable energy sources.

Creative liaison Garrett Higa from Gantom Lighting and Controls in Valencia demonstrated the correlation between light and movement with the Gantom One pinspot and the DMX Programmer app for the iPhone.

 Members from the Fire Technology Program.

 Diego Carrillo and James Duff work the Palmdale High School Manufacturing Exhibit.

There were many more exhibits to name but the best way to learn about S.T.R.E.A.M. is to be there.

2016 S.T.R.E.A.M. Sponsors included Meggitt Control Systems and Antelope Valley Learning Center.

The theme song for this year, “Ready or Not.”  was created by founder Niamani Knight and her mother while riding in the car. Niamani teaches us all that inspiration comes from wherever you are.

For more information on S.T.R.E.A.M or to participate in the next event visit http://streamkidsexpo.com.



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