Exploring STEM in Rocky Point

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Concepts and topics rooted in STEM education were on full display this fall during Rocky Point School District’s first-ever STEM Exposition. 

The event showcased STEM opportunities at the university level and in the workforce. Middle and high school students had opportunities to interact with scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, and to discuss career information related to STEM fields.  
During the evening, several keynote speakers delivered STEM-focused presentations, including Dr. Abhay Deshpande from Brookhaven National Laboratory and his daughter and Rocky Point Class of 2017 graduate Pooja Deshpande, Marc Alessi from the Tesla Science Center, Mark Walker from Sartorius Corp. and Dr. Michael Caplan, Suffolk County chief medical examiner. Representatives from Adelphi University, Applied DNA Sciences, the Long Island Science Center, Stony Brook University and numerous other STEM organizations also attended.
The STEM Exposition also showcased Rocky Point students’ STEM accomplishments, as Rocky Point middle school and high school robotics teams attended the event.
During the event, students also had the opportunity to participate in STEM challenges. Attendees designed and constructed straw towers, marshmallow catapults, “lunar landers” and popsicle-stick bridges. Attendees also engaged in the engineering design process multiple times, revising their designs to continuously improve them.

Rocky Point will look to build on the enthusiasm generated from the STEM Exposition, continuing to seek opportunities to promote STEM and to share college and career information related to STEM careers.