RISE UP/GEAR UP
The first annual 2012 Science & Engineering Festival, held on March 8, 2012 at the Yakima Convention Center, was an overwhelming success, attended by over 2,000 students and families.
<iframe width=”640″ height=”360″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/uFOFFuy6mDU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> This event featured the first ever VEX Robotics Competition held in our region that included 13 schools from Ellensburg to Goldendale. Over 70 exhibitors/presenters focused on STEM related hands-on activities/careers.
The destival attracted over 1,600 students from around the valley between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm and included the following schools as well as private and home-schooled students: East Valley, Mt. Adams, Goldendale, Mabton, Grandview, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Union Gap, Zillah, Wapato, Yakima Discovery Lab, Royal, Wahluke, West Valley, St. Joseph Marquette, and Selah’s Agapaland private school.
The event was open to the general public from 4-7 pm and had over 500 additional students, families, and community members in attendance during that time.
Exhibitors/presenters included Boeing’s Museum of Flight, Pacific Science Center, OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), OHSU Oregon’s Health and Science University’s “Let’s Get Healthy” exhibit, University of Washington’s GENOME project, ESD 105’s STEM Showcase and many other community based booths. There were also representatives from higher education schools such as the University of Washington, Heritage University, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Yakima Valley Community College, YV Tech & Washington State University MESA program.