The “So You Think You Can STEAM” competition sponsored by the Lincoln Children’s Museum sparked a great deal of ingenuity and creativity in the young contestants.
Beginning last May, competitors were paired with an adult mentor and allotted $200 for the project from a sponsor. Finalists took personalized tours of the Capitol with their mentors, and presented their final projects to a panel of judges.
The Children’s Museum started the competition, which judges fourth through 12th grade students on knowledge of STEAM subjects – science, math, technology, engineering, arts and math – along with creativity and ingenuity. When funding became available from sponsors this year, the museum started to hold the contest.
The competition has generated a lot of positive interest in the museum from students and parents, according to executive director Tara Knuth.
“Parents have told us how great it’s been for the kids to have something so educational to focus on all summer,” said Knuth. “And all the judges and mentors who have participated have commented about how much they have loved being involved.”