Bridgewater College to host Share Fair Nation

bridgewaterShare Fair Nation – a free expo featuring hundreds of interactive educational activities for students, families and the community – will fill Bridgewater College’s Funkhouser Center for Health and Wellness Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Share Fair Nation is focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) activities and will feature two distinct components: Classroom Intensives, which are free professional development classes for teachers, and STEMosphere, a free, hands-on, brains-on expo for students, their families and the public.

As many as­­ 300 teachers and hundreds of their students are expected to be on hand, as well as local companies, non-profit organizations and Bridgewater College clubs – all sharing fun and highly interactive STEAM activities designed to help the community explore, invent and experiment.

Among the more than ­­­­­35 STEAM-inspired activities on tap will be a real, life-like flight simulator where you can practice your flying skills, animal brains that you can learn about and hold, construction of a catapult, building and programing robots from Legos, and creation of towers, buildings, bridges and other structures with KEVA planks.

“Last year’s event was a huge success and reached so many teachers, students and parents,” said Kristy Rhea, director of information technology at Bridgewater. “We are excited to bring Share Fair Nation back to the Valley to inspire us all to experience learning in an engaging, hands-on way. We were excited to see the connections made among so many local business and non-profit organizations to showcase the opportunities we have right here in the community. We cannot wait to share this day with our local educators and, once again, celebrate them for all they do while engaging students and parents in fun, interactive activities for all.”

Simultaneously with the STEMosphere component of the event, teachers will participate in the Classroom Intensives component, learning how to best implement 21st century education methods and technologies into their classrooms. Teachers will begin the day at 9 a.m. in the Funkhouser Center and then move to the McKinney Center for Science and Mathematics until 2 p.m.

Teachers and the public can register for Classroom Intensives and STEMosphere at Share Fair began in Denver, Colo., in 2009, and was created by John and Carrie Morgridge, philanthropists leading the Morgridge Family Foundation.

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to more than 1,800 undergraduate students.

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