A Day of Science and Collaboration

JVH STEAM Fair, a success!

J.V.Humphries school hosted its first-ever school-wide STEAM fair (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Technology) on May 20th. It was a student organized, full day, school-wide event, and it went on without a hitch!

Thanks to leadership students Emma LeCouffe and Faye Peterson, who initially brought forward the idea last fall, they set out to host a COVID safe event that the entire school could participate in.

Many months and plenty of details later, both Emma and Faye can say their hard work organizing was worth all the effort. “Organizing the STEAM Fair was an amazing experience from start to finish,” said Emma, “I'm so happy with how the day went, and especially loved seeing how excited the students and staff were at the fair!” 

Classes circulated through the gymnasium all morning, where poster boards and project stations were on display. In the afternoon, primary and intermediate classes engaged in classroom STEAM activities for prizes, while the high school students attended their choice of STEAM workshops.

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While many students were impressed with the activities, the staff and administration was astounded by the learning that took place. One grade 2 student exclaimed, “I thought I wanted to be a mom when I grow up, but now I want to be a mom and an engineer!” 

“The student projects were truly fantastic,” said Principal Victoria McAllister, “We saw a takeaway container made with mycelium, the mold made with a 3D printer and I flew down the hallway on a hoverboard and now understand how to make one for myself.”

Congratulations to the following prize winners for their innovative projects:

High School Prize Winners

  • Student Choice Winner: “Cyphus Board (Hovercraft)” by Zack, Kepler and Brett in Physics 12
  • Science: “The Placebo Effect” by Mary and Daisy in Grade 8
  • Technology: “The Power of Mycelium” by Kenya in Grade 12
  • Engineering: “Magnetic Train” by Betty Lukacs, Brianna Scott, (Emma LeCouffe and Kenya Blouin worked on the project but didn’t present) in Physics 12
  • Art: “The Mechanisms of a Camera” by Colton, Johnny and John in Grade 8
  • Math: “Fractal Geometry and Art” by the Math 9 class
  • Overall Winner: “Cyphus Board (Hovercraft)” by Zack, Kepler and Brett in Physics 12

Intermediate Prize Winners

  • Best Rube Goldberg Machine: Kavi, Kachis and Lavina in Grade 4/5
  • 1st place GeoPet: Ostrich by Seb in Grade 6/7
  • 2nd place GeoPet: Snake by Tiernan in Grade 6/7
  • 3rd place GeoPet: Pug by Neven in Grade 6/7

The successful event provided many great learning opportunities around STEAM subjects for the entire school population, and taught Emma and Faye some valuable lessons about event planning. “This whole process taught me a lot about how important communication is in both our partnership and also with all the various people that we involved in various ways,” said Faye, “I am very thankful for this experience and getting to do it with my awesome partner Emma!”

McAllister added, “To have a day during covid restrictions that could include everyone, deepen thinking about STEAM subjects, AND be so joyful, was a true gift.”


For more information:

Victoria McAllister, Principal – JVHumphries Elementary – Secondary School

About the Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):

The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.