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Fourth Annual PPS STEM Expo Set for Nov. 3

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Fourth Annual PPS STEM Expo Set for Nov. 3
Posted on 11/01/2017
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The Portland Public Schools’ Fourth Annual Exposition is set for Friday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine’s Sullivan Gymnasium on the Portland Campus. Each year, the exposition brings in approximately 1,800 visitors – most of them PPS students brought in by the busload – to see the exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) projects on display. Community members are also invited to attend. The exposition serves as an opportunity to share with the community the great work that teachers and students accomplish in the classroom.

“I’m delighted that the STEM Expo, now in its fourth year, has become a fall tradition in our district,” said Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana. “It’s an opportunity for Portland Public Schools students to showcase their STEM learning for fellow students and the public, and learn from local businesses and others about STEM applications in real life. Thank you to EnviroLogix for partnering with us again to help our students expand their knowledge of STEM, which is so essential for 21st century jobs.”

EnviroLogix has been a key sponsor alongside the Portland Public Schools in pulling off the Exposition each year.

"EnviroLogix welcomes the opportunity to once again play a role in opening students’ eyes to the exciting world of STEM at this Fourth Annual STEM Expo,” said Bill Welch, president of EnviroLogix, a Portland-based company that develops and manufactures innovative detection technology for every link in the worldwide food production chain. “We’re proud to be a partner with the Portland Public Schools in helping make students aware of the applied innovation that exists right here in their backyard. Our participation also benefits us as a technology company, because it is not only an investment in the community but also in potential future employees.”

There will be more than 50 exhibits at this year’s exposition. Students from PPS elementary, middle and high schools will run many of those exhibits, showcasing their learning in the areas of STEM. The district’s valued community partners will put on the remaining exhibits, helping to make the Expo a success again this year. They include exhibitors from local colleges and universities such as USM, the University of Maine and their 4-H STEM Ambassadors, the University of New England, Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) and St. Joseph College. Exhibitors from local businesses include co-founder and sponsor EnviroLogix, Kepware Technologies, Revision Energy, Green Sun LLC, Procter & Gamble, Idexx, Tyler Technologies, Hannaford and WMTW-channel 8.

Photo caption: At the 2016 STEM Expo, Deering High School students Bilan Mohamed and Gabby Bekoka run the Solar Powered Charging Stations display.