Just a Few Spots Left for the Student Showcase

With tickets for the 2017 STEAM Carnival being sold out in less than 24 hours, there is only one way to guarantee attendance for your students.  Lucky for you there are a few spots still available for the Student Showcase.

So what is this Student Showcase?
Glad you asked!  The Student Showcase is one of the most impressive pieces of the STEAM Carnival.  Students from around the region showcase their existing work, projects or inventions based on anything related to STEAM.

We have seen catapults, battle robots, Legos, homemade games, the 5 time reigning National Champion solar car, a TV studio, timed challenges and even plants being grown without soil, harvested and eaten right here in the building!  WOW!!

So how do we sign up?
Another terrific question!  You can submit your proposal online right now by visiting the link below.  It is fairly quick and easy!

Student Showcase Submission Form

Sold Out!

In roughly 24 hours, the 2017 STEAM Carnival has sold out!  Please check back here occasionally as some tickets are released and made available to districts.

We recommend looking into the Student Showcase submission to gain access to the event this year.  By presenting at the Showcase, you are guaranteeing your spot in the building and will present for a portion of the day while attending the Carnival for the other portion of the day.  Spots are limited and moving fast so please get registered at the link above ASAP!

Get Your Tickets Here!

The number of tickets available for each day and session is limited so please make sure to choose a session that you and your students can attend.  Our ability to make changes after the fact are going to be very limited as we are going to have more requests than we have actual tickets for the 2017 event.

Please click on this link and complete the form to reserve your tickets:

Register Here

Once the allowed amount of tickets have been reserved, a short waiting list will begin and then the form will be turned off.  If you are not able to get tickets for this years event, please consider submitting a proposal for the Student Showcase.  You can find the link at the top of the page.

What to Expect at the Carnival

So…you have battled for tickets, gathered your field trip permission slips, organized buses, subs, lunches, chaperones and finally make your way to the STEAM Carnival on your scheduled date, what should I expect when I get off the bus?  Hey, great question!  Let’s take a virtual field trip (using only words right now).

Upon arrival at the Carnival, you will be greeted on your bus by one of our ESC Carnies.  They may or may not be dressed up though they are your first step in making this day smooth and maximizing the fun and learning.  They will check you in directly from your bus so that they moment you enter the building, your adventure begins.

Once you pass through the front doors of the ESC, you will immediately see the Student Showcase event (Zone 1) directly in front of you.  You make experience bands, arts, battle robots, catapults or even a news crew as you enjoy your time learning with and through other students in the region.   There is no specific order to see everything.  We want the kids to explore and flock to what interests them the most.

This Zone 1 is setup without a time limit to accommodate those arriving a little early or even those showing up a bit late.  It is recommended to show up to the Carnival 30-45 minutes before your scheduled start time so that you can see everything in the Student Showcase.  Your “start time” is actually when you will enter the doors of Zone 2.

Zone 2 is a combination of our two large (4 rooms each) conference rooms.  They will be jam packed with interactivity for your students with the majority of the attractions being hands-on and collaborative.  Each group moving through this zone will have 45 minutes to go between the two rooms and experience as much as possible  during their time.  As the time winds down, your group will exit out specific doors and make your way to Zone 3.

Zone 3 is our warehouse area where once again many interactive attractions are housed.  Again there will be 45 minutes to complete challenges, compete against your friends and maybe even enjoy a Fire and Ice side show that is new to the Carnival this year.

Upon exiting Zone 3, you will venture through the doors to the outside area where you will see EVEN MORE attractions this year.  Zone 4 is new to the STEAM Carnival and will provide you will more hands-on experiences for your students.  This is an untimed Zone so you will have the option of spending as much or as little time here based on your schedule and group.  Zone 4 will put your directly at the gate where you will meet your bus to head back to your campus.

Whew!  I got wore out just typing this up so I can’t imagine what it is going to be like on the day of the STEAM Carnival.  Hope to see you there!

What Do I Need for Registration?

With registration quickly approaching (Wednesday at 9:00 AM!!), there are lots and lots of questions coming in regarding the details and what’s needed to complete the process.  Here are some things that you will want to know.

1. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  You will not want to wait around until later in the day on Wednesday as the tickets may be gone at that point.  We only have a little over 4,000 total for the all three days, and we anticipate them being reserved before the lunch bell.

2. The registration form is a Google form broken into 3 sections.  The last section is just a checkbox confirmation showing that you understand that the student tickets are $3 each for attendance.

The first section will ask 5 questions regarding the contact person for the registration (Name, Email, Contact Phone, etc.).  Super simple!

The second section has 6 question.  The first 4 include District, Campus, Grade Level, and # of Students Attending.  The final 2 are the most important to have ready to go.  Pick the Day you would like to attend (1st, 2nd, 3rd Option), and Pick the Preferred Time (8:45, 9:30, 10:15, 11:00, 11:45, 1:15, 2:00).    The STEAM Carnival experience lasts roughly 2 hours and 15 minutes based on what time you arrive.  (More below on times)

3. Upon registration, the contact person will be sent a confirmation email that just verifies that the registration was submitted.  This confirmation will be short and simple including a few of the details from the form.  Later that day or during the week, the contact person will receive a request to complete the verification form based on the day, time, and number of students in attendance.  It is critical to make sure that this information is correct because once it is marked verified, it is very unlikely that we will be able to make adjustments.

4. After the trip is verified, an invoice will be sent based on the number of students attending.  (Teachers are FREE)  During registration a PO is NOT required.  Checks can be mailed straight from the district or brought to the event with the teachers.

There are likely more questions that were not answered so please feel free to keep them coming or ask through the comments below.  We can’t wait to see you at this year’s event!

What is a Good Student Showcase?

Often we get asked the question, “What makes for a good student showcase project or booth?”

That is a GREAT question, and one that is kind of hard to describe.  So I went to the experts and asked a few of the top participants…our students!  Here is what they had to say.

Student 1 was very interested in being able to “do something” at the booth.  He enjoyed the showcases where he was able to learn and play at the same time.  Interactivity was a must for him.

Student 2 liked a “good challenge” at the booth.  She was a mystery novel reader that loved the thrill of a puzzle, a twist or a problem that needed to be solved for success.

Student 3 was all about the “how did you do that” for the different booths.  Not only did he enjoy the seeing and doing, he wanted to go home and build one of those for himself or with friends.

Based on these three encounters from last year, I would say that the showcase is something where all types of students are going to find something that peaks their interest.  Whether they are estimating and testing their hypothesis, building and competing in robot challenges or bending their mind around the next step in a breakout challenge, students are going to having a great time at the STEAM Carnival…and they might just learn something as well.  🙂

Student Showcase Submissions Open

The Student Showcase submission form is open and ready for submissions.  Please visit the link below to submit your Student Showcase project for the 2017 Carnival on October 23rd – 25th.  This year we are breaking the groups into morning and afternoon to allow our showcase presenters the chance to enjoy the STEAM Carnival as a participant as well as a presenter.  All showcase presenters will be scheduled and notified on or before October 8th.

Student Showcase Proposal Link

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact April Riley or Katie Favara.

IMPORTANT!  Showcase presenters do NOT need to purchase a ticket.  They are complimentary.

Tickets On Sale – Wednesday, September 13th

Tickets for the 2017 STEAM Carnival will be going on sale on Wednesday, September 13th.  You will see a post right at 9:00 that morning with a link to register your class for tickets.  Please note that tickets will be in high demand so please ensure that you are quick to register and that the 3 options that you choose for your class will work.  A waiting list will be used this year to ensure that as many students can make the event as possible.  If for some reason your chosen date ends up not working for your schedule, it is possible that we might not be able to fulfill your request to change days/times.

Tickets for the event are $3 per student again this year.  Check back on the 13th to get signed up!

STEAM Carnival 2016 Documentary

The amazing 7th and 8th grade students at Three Way ISD worked tirelessly for the first two days of the 2016 Carnival to capture footage, interview numerous individuals and put together a 10 minute documentary for the first STEAM Carnival.  Our hats off to those students and their hard work!

Take a look…