STEAM-A-THON

Virtual Steam-A-Thon - May 15th, 2021

Registration for the virtual Steam-A-Thon is now open! Participants will be taking part in one, two or all three innovative challenges:

Engineering Challenge:

  • Have fun solving exciting engineering problems through hands-on projects

Jeopardy Challenge:

  • Answer questions about math, science, and current issues through a jeopardy game

News Flash Challenge:

  • Explore interesting issues in the world and present the information through a creative video
Participants can choose how many, and which challenges they want to participate in! Once you sign up - a detailed email with practice websites and instructions for each challenge will be provided.
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K-2 Construct a boat using specific materials that can be tested in water to see how much weight it can endure. Be creative and have fun!
Topics to study are…
- Math
- Science
- Art
- Environmental Issues
- General Knowledge
Choose ONE of the following options…
1. Natural Disasters - Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Hurricanes, etc. How does this affect humans and how can we support those affected?
2. Single-Use Plastics - Should plastic items, such as bottled water be banned? Will this benefit humans and the economy or harm it?
3. Animal Testing - Should animals be used for scientific/commercial testing - is this truly needed to support us?
4. Social Media - Is social media positive for our society? Does this help humans or hinder them?
5. Everyday Routines - How do everyday routines such as exercising and not eating healthy affect our lives positively or negatively?
3-5 Construct a boat using specific materials that can be tested in water to see how much weight it can endure. Be creative and have fun!
Topics to study are…
- Math
- Science
- Art
- Environmental Issues
- General Knowledge
Choose ONE of the following options…
1. Natural Disasters - Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Hurricanes, etc. How does this affect humans and how can we support those affected?
2. Single-Use Plastics - Should plastic items, such as bottled water be banned? Will this benefit humans and the economy or harm it?
3. Animal Testing - Should animals be used for scientific/commercial testing - is this truly needed to support us?
4. Social Media - Is social media positive for our society? Does this help humans or hinder them?
5. Everyday Routines - How do everyday routines such as exercising and not eating healthy affect our lives positively or negatively?
6-8 Prepare a mousetrap powered car that displays creativity and efficiency!
Topics to study are…
- Math
- Science
- Art
- Environmental Issues
- General Knowledge
Choose ONE of the following options…
1. Natural Disasters - Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Hurricanes, etc. How does this affect humans and how can we support those affected?
2. Single-Use Plastics - Should plastic items, such as bottled water be banned? Will this benefit humans and the economy or harm it?
3. Animal Testing - Should animals be used for scientific/commercial testing - is this truly needed to support us?
4. Social Media - Is social media positive for our society? Does this help humans or hinder them?
5. Everyday Routines - How do everyday routines such as exercising and not eating healthy affect our lives positively or negatively?

This is a great opportunity to show teamwork skills, win awards and get an insight into the STEAM field in a virtual setting!

Early bird ends April 24   --   Individual - $10; Team - $20 (for 2 kids)

Price   --   Individual - $15; Team: $30 (for 2 kids)

 About Registration:

  • Each team should have 1-2 participants.
  • Every team member in each team must be in their specific grade division. For example, a 3rd grader will not be able to join a team in the Kindergarten to 2nd grade division.
  • Each team will pay a nominal registration fee for every member, and all proceeds go towards providing college scholarships for unprivileged students through Shooting Stars Foundation.
  • More details regarding the schedule and the competition will be sent in email once the team or individual registers.

If you have any questions please feel free to email ssfpdxyouth@sstarsfoundation.org or text Subha at 503-307-0641!

Steam-a-thon - Portland - April 20th, 2019

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On April 20, 2019, Shooting Stars Foundation conducted the first ever STEAM-A-THON competition in Portland, OR. 
About 100 kids registered for the competition, and it was a wonderful time for both the kids and officers! Kids participated in a series of 3 challenges: engineering challenge, quiz bowl, and earth buddies. For the engineering challenge teams designed a Rube Goldberg machine that would complete specific tasks. Teams used their physics knowledge and engineering skills to help create their projects. The quiz bowl consisted of a series of rapid-fire questions on STEM-related subjects such as math, physics, biology, environment, etc. In the earth buddies challenge, teams discussed current world issues such as ocean pollution and climate change. It was fascinating to see the youth discuss their passion for creating a better future.
The judging paneling consisted of experts and professionals in the various fields of STEM. They gave constructive advice to teams as well as inspiring them to take their newly acquired knowledge and apply it to the real world. One judge mentioned how the ideas and innovations created at this event could one day help solve an issue in the world.
Overall it was a fun and interactive experience for everyone. It was touching to witness kids showcase a deep passion for the STEM field. Top finishers received prizes.
More info can be found at https://shooting-stars-foundation.org/

Steam-a-thon - Fremont - April 6th, 2019

Shooting Stars Foundation held its very first Steam-A-Thon Competition on April 6, 2019 Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM at Brilliant Minds Academy, Fremont. We had about 60 registrations and a great turnout on the day of the competition. Our Bay Area Shooting Stars Team of dedicated high school and adult volunteers arrived between 7 AM and 8 AM to set up the event and prepare for a day of fun competition. We were lucky to have teaching professionals, ranging from elementary school teachers to principals, participate as judges for our competition. 
The competition consisted of three science challenges: Engineering Challenge, Quiz Bowl, and Earth Buddies. Each team came prepared with their rube goldberg machines and presentations on environmental issues. The teams not only presented the research they acquired, but also innovative solutions to environmental issues and feasible solutions that can be implemented in the local communities.  The event came to an end with the distribution of awards and collecting feedback from the parents and participants. The first Bay Area STEAM-A-Thon was a success filled with loads of fun!