Campus organization to host STEM fair


Louis LaVenture,

There is no doubt that the acronym STEM has become ingrained in most students brains in today’s era. STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, has been an emphasis of most schools, especially here at Cal State East Bay where funding has recently gone into new programs and facilities dedicated to the areas of study.

A CSUEB  campus organization, Students Empowering Young Minds (SEYM), are embracing STEM and trying to get kids involved by hosting their third annual science fair tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m. on the Hayward campus. In addition to guest speakers, there will be 14 demonstrations that range from an actual sheep brain, proper teeth hygiene and something called “dinosaur poop” which is a Newtonian matter that when pressure or heat is applied can take on different shapes, according to co-community outreach chair for SEYM, Gigi Thao.

“It is really important to show students that there are a wide range of careers that fall under the STEM category,” Thao told The Pioneer.

According to Brandi Williams, the other co-community outreach chair for SEYM, there are roughly 50 to 60 students coming from Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley.

The science fair began three years ago when the former president of SEYM Arielle Miller collaborated with Martin Giles, an AVID coordinator in Castro Valley. AVID or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program for middle and high schoolers that these students are a part of.