With robots, planets, drones and more, the 2018 STEAM Extravaganza is set to offer a variety of activities for Douglas County students between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. this Saturday at Umpqua Community College.

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math, and the free event is coordinated by Douglas County Partners for Student Success and the Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub.

DCPSS Director Gwen Soderberg-Chase said the STEAM Extravaganza is meant for students to stretch their minds through problem-solving, creative design and teamwork.

“There are different challenges for kids of all ages,” she said. “There will be activities for young children and for kids in middle school, high school and beyond, and their families.”

Among the exhibits and activities slated for this year are a to-scale solar system walk, First Lego League Junior expo, a bridge-building contest, an opportunity to build a pipe organ and another to deconstruct electronics. Representatives of UCC programs will also be available with activities and answers to questions about courses.

Soderberg-Chase said several robotics teams will be on campus to let students play with robots, and students will also get to learn about drones and rocket launching.

During the event, the UCC cafeteria will be open for lunch and other food options.

Last year’s STEAM Extravaganza brought out more than 200 people, according to a press release about the event.

The release states the event is meant to inspire students to think about the many options that exist for them in the STEAM world. Douglas County Partners for Student Success oversees the Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub in efforts to prepare students for post-secondary education and careers that benefit from knowledge and skills in the STEAM disciplines.

Reporter Emily Hoard can be reached at 541-957-4217 or ehoard@nrtoday.com. Or follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at ehoard@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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