STEAM Showcase

Saturday, September 24, 2022
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CenterPlace Regional Event Center

2426 N. Discovery Place
Spokane, Valley, WA 99216

Entices families to engage in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) experiences in the Great Room at CenterPlace Regional Event Center on September 24, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join the community as we gather businesses, schools, and lots of STEAM students.

Who will be at the STEAM Showcase

NASA Ambassador – Joe Bruce

Joe Bruce is a NASA Ambassador and he is always a popular attraction at the STEM showcase. He received a BA in Secondary Science Education from Central Washington University in 1981.

· First showing: 12:30-1:30
· Second showing: 2:00-3:00
· Third showing: 4:00-5:00

Chalk Art Competition


Chalk Art Competition:
· Registration: 12:00pm-3:00pm
· Competition: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
· Judging: 4:05pm-4:10pm
· Awards: 4:15

Individuals or teams sign up to compete in a chalk art competition. Teams/individuals use chalk provided by Valleyfest to complete a masterpiece in a 3’ x 3’ square. This year’s competition theme is: “beyond reality”. Artists can interpret this in any way they wish, but the connection to the theme should be apparent to the judges. Small awards will be granted to the top three teams in each age division (5-9, 10-15, 16+). You can register at the table in the STEAM showcase starting at 12:00.

Artists can begin working on their masterpieces at 2:00 p.m, they have until 4:00 p.m to finish their work. They can take as much or as little of the provided time to make their submission. Once you finish you can leave, but please return at 4:15 p.m for the awards ceremony. Judging will commence at 4:00 p.m. The awards will be at 4:20 p.m.

EWU Geosciences Department

The Department of Geosciences offers degrees in geoscience with concentrations in geology, geography, and related fields. Our faculty have strengths in geology, geography, environmental science, GIS, and remote sensing. The Department of Geosciences is grounded in the natural sciences while being academically engaged with the cultural and social processes that shape and create the unique landscapes of our world. The Department of Geosciences provides an open door for people with wide and diverse backgrounds. Students earning a degree in the Department of Geosciences investigate human-environment interactions using advanced analytical skills and the application of geoscience techniques. Through faculty-student-driven research and an innovative curriculum, we prepare our students for success in the professional job market and graduate studies.

Established in 2015-2016, the STEM Academy at Spokane Valley Tech integrates language arts and social studies in a STEM-focused learning environment. The STEM Academy utilizes project based learning to develop the 21st century skills needed in tomorrow’s workforce: collaboration, communication, innovation, and problem solving. Students will utilize new tools, such as 3D printers, to engage in relevant and rigorous learning activities that are highly collaborative and student centered.

115 S University Road, Spokane Valley, WA 99206
Katie Louie, Principal

Eastern Washington Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The Eastern Washington Regional Science and Engineering Fair is an inquiry-based, STEM research project competition held annually in Spokane.  It is for any grades 6-12 public, private or home-schooled students in Spokane, Whitman, Lincoln, Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille counties.

The middle school competition, the MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, Engineering Rising Stars) awards $100,000 in total and $25,000 to the top project for a student in the US in grades 6-8.  The ISEF competition for grades 9-12 leads to the International Science and Engineering Fair.  In the last six years, 26 local students have been awarded, including 2 from Central Valley High School.  At ISEF the top award for a high school student is $75,000.

The Eastern Washington Regional Science and Engineering Fair (ewrsef.org) is the premier inquiry-based, STEM educational event for students in eastern Washington. For any questions, please contact Ray Koelling, Fair Director, at koellingewrsef@gmail.com

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the work a better place! The Girl Scouts of Eastern WA and North ID serves approximately 4,000 girls in kindergarten through 12th grade with the help of 2,000 dedicated adult volunteers. Girls are at the center of everything we do as a council. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, the leading authority on girls’ healthy development and we are working daily with girls and women to transform the leadership landscape for girls into the next century. How? Through the principles of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience: Girl-led, Learning by Doing, and Cooperative Learning in four key areas: STEM, outdoors, life skills, and entrepreneurship.

Physics is the study of the physical environment and the laws governing the behavior of particles, fields, and space/time. More specifically, physicists study mechanics, heat, light, electric and magnetic fields, gravitation, relativity, atomic and nuclear physics, solid-state physics, and many other topics. In general, physics strives for a mathematical description of the laws of nature at the most fundamental level and is, therefore, the most mathematical of the basic sciences.

Saint George’s School

Saint George’s School has STEAM clubs and teams where students can practice new skills and prepare for success in college and beyond. As an International Baccalaureate World School, two of our seniors presented their IB Art Exhibit this spring which included a virtual 360 gallery of their work.

When it comes to robotics, Saint George’s FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) programs guide youth through STEM learning and exploration at an early age. FLL Explore (grades 3-4) and FLL Challenge (grades 5-6) help students understand the basics of STEM and apply their skills in an exciting competition while building habits of learning, confidence, and teamwork along the way.

FIRST Tech Challenge students (grades 7-12) learn to think like engineers, as well as learn coding, electronics, metalworking, graphic design, web creation, public speaking, videography, and more. Teams design, build, and code robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams from across Washington state.

FIRST Robotics Competition (grades 9-12), the ultimate “Sport for the Mind”, challenges high school students to build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. Saint George’s FRC teams have an outstanding record, including mentoring FIRST teams in China and reaching the top 16 teams at the FRC World Championships!

Saint George’s Esports team had a very successful inaugural season last spring. Our players developed their teamwork and leadership skills to make it to the semi-finals against top high school competition in Minecraft and Super Smash Bro.’s Ultimate. Go Dragons!

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Spokane Regional Health District’s Mission: As a leader and partner in public health, we protect, improve, and promote the health and well-being of all people through evidence-based practices.

Representing SRHD at the Valleyfest STEAM showcase this year is one of our many programs, Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP). NFP is an evidenced-based home visiting program and works by having specially educated nurses regularly visit moms-to-be, starting early in the pregnancy and continuing through the child’s second birthday. Nurse-Family Partnership empowers first-time moms to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies. NFP staff will be helping STEAM participants with an art project of creating calming bottles and understanding the science of emotional regulation and how items, such as calming bottles, can support this regulation.

Those interested in learning more about NFP and referring to our program can visit SRHD.ORG and search Nurse-Family Partnership to visit our local NFP page.

Wagstaff, Inc. is a family-owned American engineering/manufacturing leader in the global aluminum industry business founded in 1946. Wagstaff produces Ingot and Billet casting systems. The solidification of aluminum is a fundamental part of the casting process and will be shown at the STEAM showcase by “casting” melted chocolate into silicone molds. A 3D printer will also be running during the showcase to exemplify our production and prototyping processes. Come check out our activity with the Research & Development Lab microscope showing slides of metals and other fun items.

West Valley Outdoor Learning Center

West Valley Outdoor Learning Center

The goal of the Outdoor Learning Center is to connect students to nature. It’s a teaching and learning facility for students and teachers in grades Pre K-College. Their site includes several teaching stations that give students opportunities to learn about the varied ecosystems of Eastern WA. Students spend their time learning about topics such as plants, wildlife, geology, water ecology, and conservation just to name a few! Their campus features two classroom buildings with many things to see and interact with, live and taxidermied animal displays, several ponds and streams, and many native plant species. Their facility has tortoises, boa constrictor, turtles, geckos, bearded dragon, falcon, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, guinea pigs, and African cichlids. They also have a raptor sanctuary with educational birds including a pair of great horned owls. Come see who they bring from their menagerie to Valleyfest!

The Spokane Mining Research Division (SMRD) is part of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). SMRD works to eliminate mining fatalities, injuries, and illnesses across all mining sectors, focusing on mining in the western United States. SMRD partners with labor, mining associations, equipment manufacturers, mine operators, and other government agencies to study worker health and safety problems, and to develop products and interventions that offer solutions to workplace challenges. SMRD conducts field research at various mine sites across the western United States, as well as laboratory research at the SMRD testing facilities.

Valleyfest is accepting more STEAM vendors at this event. Participation is FREE. To sign up for a space, visit the following Google Form and complete the registration.

To register by mail, Click here for 2022 Valleyfest Steam Vendor Application is PDF format.