HARRISONBURG, Va. - Arts, crafts, and hovercrafts Valley Mall today as students from all over the area joined forces to show off their smarts in the second annual STEM Exhibition.
STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, engages students in hands-on activities. Those activities allow them to learn about the world around them.
The newest attraction at this year's event is a dome theater where people can watch movies on a wide range of topics from dinosaurs to the moon.
It looks like fun, but it's all an important part of STEM.
"It's kind of the new buzzword in education as far as students learning by design and being able to be creative, open-ended problems, that kind of thing," shared Amy Sabarre, an organizer with the event.
She says one important aspect of the event is that it is led by students.
"It helps them to be leaders in our community and also to showcase their own thinking and their own creativity so it's really important for kids to be able to think and design and show their own thinking," said Sabarre.
"I'm working on zip friction, it is a design challenge about building a zip line carrier to transport a ping pong ball down two separate zip lines," shared middle school student, Isaiah King.
It's King's second year at the event.
"I feel very proud to know that I'm not just telling kids information that will just fly right past them but they'll actually be able to think about that and use them in later days," said King.
As the adults and kids continue to come, Amy says this different approach to learning brings her satisfaction.
"STEM is my passion, I love what it brings to our community and our students and I love the way it has grown the way its grown," Sabarre told us.
The event is sponsored by Harrisonburg Public Schools and the Harrisonburg Education Foundation.