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Published on August 21st, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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District Five selected to host statewide Share Fair event

Activities like the one pictured here are part of Share Fair events held nationwide.

IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five has been selected to host a statewide event bringing together educators, students, communities and organizations to highlight innovations in STEAM education.

The district announced August 20 that Share Fair will be held at Irmo High School on Nov. 14. Share Fair Nation is a free two-part event, held around the U.S. to highlight methods to transform education in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Privately funded through the Morgridge Family Foundation, the event at Irmo High School will be free and open to the public and include interactive STEAM exhibits, information, health screenings, arts and crafts, and other activities.

“The goal is to inspire and engage, and to do that you have to touch it. You have to feel it. You have to get involved,” said Morgridge Family Foundation Vice President Carrie Morgridge, during a two-day planning meeting and tour of schools in District Five. “…We’re going to be busing in teachers and kids from Charleston. We’ll be busing in people from Columbia. We want everyone from the state to come (because) this is a statewide initiative.”

Share Fair includes both public events and professional development opportunities for teachers. The “STEAMosphere” is a fun hands-on, interactive public expo showcasing STEAM-inspired activities, exhibits and resources from several organizations, including: The Jane Goodall Institute, The Nature Conservancy, Vision of Flight, Anatomy in Clay Centers, First Robotics and other groups.

Free classes are also offered to teachers, with a variety of specially designed workshops to engage the creativity, critical thinking and scientific minds of educators and administrators. Registration is required for educators, and teachers may earn continuing professional development credit through “Classroom Intensives” that are offered.

Share Fair has been held in 20 sites, since its start in Denver in 2009. Irmo High School is the second site in South Carolina to host Share Fair, and just one of only a handful of schools nationwide selected for the event. The district was selected to host the event after working with organizers during the state’s first Share Fair.

“We are thrilled that Share Fair Nation is returning to South Carolina, and even more excited that Irmo High School has been selected to host this event,” said David Riegel, Irmo High School principal. “This event focuses on 21st century skills, problem-based learning, and hands-on activities for students of all ages. We think that by hosting this event at Irmo High School International School of the Arts, we can enhance the arts dimension in STEAM education in a dynamic way. Our students and staff can’t wait for Share Fair.”

District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner said, “The Share Fair provides an opportunity for us to share and learn best practices in STEAM education. We look forward to hosting this event and to the rich lessons that students, educators and members of the public will gain from the Share Fair at Irmo High School.”

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