S.T.E.M. Festival 2015
Yesterday, the American Samoa Department of Education (DOE) kicked off their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program with a festival at Samoana High School. About 40 government agencies and local businesses, including the National Park of American Samoa, were in attendance and provided fun activities to nearly 1,000 students and parents.
The national park provided interactive programs for all ages that included: 1) fruit bats with a coloring activity, 2) ocean acidification with a what you do to help the environment game, and 3) the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish with a make your own crown-of-thorns out of clay activity. Prizes were given to the winners of each activity.
The STEM program will help students become interested in those fields through hands-on, immersive activities and a variety of on-the-job experiences. It is the hope that they will pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and utilize their expertise in the territory.
The National Park of American Samoa is a key DOE partner and provides in-class activities and field trips to as many as 6,000 kindergarten through high school students each year.