Share Fair Nation – a free expo featuring hundreds of interactive educational activities for students, families and the community – will fill Bridgewater College’s Funkhouser Center for Health and Fitness Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Share Fair Nation is focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) activities and will feature two distinct components: Classroom Intensives, which are free professional development classes for teachers, and STEMosphere, a free, hands-on, brains-on expo for students, their families and the public.
As many as 300 teachers and hundreds of their students are expected to be on hand, as well as local companies, non-profit organizations and Bridgewater College clubs – all sharing fun and highly interactive STEM activities designed to help the community explore, invent and experiment.
Among the more than 40 STEM-inspired activities on tap will be a forensic science lab where the public can examine evidence and try to solve a “crime,” a flight simulator and a lab where participants can build and race robots.
“This is a day to celebrate our local educators and to inspire learners of all ages to problem-solve and continue to learn outside of the classroom,” said Kristy Rhea, director of information technology at Bridgewater. “Fun, hands-on activities help students explore the world and expand their personal possibilities.”
Simultaneously with the STEMosphere component of the event, teachers will participate in the Classroom Intensives component, learning how to best implement 21st century education methods and technologies into their classrooms. Teachers will begin the day at 9 a.m. in the Funkhouser Center, and then move to the McKinney Center for Science and Mathematics until 2 p.m.
Teachers and the public can register for Classroom Intensives and STEMosphere at www.bridgewater.edu/ShareFair. Share Fair began in Denver, Colo., in 2009, and was created by John and Carrie Morgridge, philanthropists leading the Morgridge Family Foundation.