University Liggett School hosts community STEAM Faire to stoke wonder in youth and adults alike
University Liggett School invites the community to tinker, wonder, make and have their minds blown at the school’s first-annual Community STEAM Faire on November 5th at the ULS Boll Campus Center.
STEAM, an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking, is an integral part of a University Liggett School education. The objective of this first-time event is to give children of all ages (who must be accompanied by an adult) a forum for experiencing STEAM through more than 20 DIY make-and-take booths and live science
“STEAM is an integrative approach that encourages different ways of thinking as it develops a range of important skills. Investigating STEAM with children of all ages introduces them to an endless world of possibilities,” said Michael Medvinsky, University Liggett School’s Dean of Pedagogy and Innovation. “We are passionate about creating real-world applications to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. We are very excited
to gather such an engaging group of thinkers, makers, tinkerers, and innovators who all have designed hands-on experiences for the community to enjoy at our first annual STEAM Faire."
Examples of activities attendees can participate in:
● Art-Bot Art! Do you like drawing? So do robots! The Art Bot has markers for "legs" that wobble across a
piece of paper, creating drawings as it moves. Visit to have a robot create a piece of art for you!
● Build a Mousetrap Car! A mousetrap car is a small vehicle whose only source of motive power is a
mousetrap. Building a mousetrap cay may help develop problem-solving skills, spatial awareness, and
creativity, and often lead to feelings of joy. Visit to try a few cars and get a kit to create a moving car at
home with a mousetrap as the motor!
● Discovery Dome! Enjoy the Michigan Science Center’s brand-new portable planetarium, the Discovery
Dome! We will look into the night sky for a close-up of what constellations, stars, planets, and galaxies will
be visible that very night!
● Van Gogh crowdsourced art installation! Throughout the day, we are empowering people who aren’t
normally part of the art world to artfully collaborate on Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles. This
interactive experience is brought to the event in celebration of the DIA’s 100th anniversary of Van Gogh in
America, the first public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent van Gogh.
● Drones! Experience UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) drones and UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicles)
drones. Observe examples of 3D printing and robotics as well as Virtual Reality Flight Simulation for kids
Monetary and in-kind sponsors for this exciting event are as follows: CHRO Solutions; Tara & Jody Ingle; Shaina and
Neal Gram; John Cameron; American Cycle & Fitness; Bikes, Blades and Boards; Einstein Bagels; Lowe’s; Rainy Day Art
& Framing; St. Clair Tooth Company; and Staples. Our valued community partners include: The Center for Innovative
Teaching & Learning; College for Creative Studies, Detroit Institute of Arts, Ford Motor Company and Michigan Science
The Community STEAM Faire is free, but local food trucks, Batter Up and The Streat Corn-er, will be on site to
satisfy the hunger of our attendees with chicken & waffles, hot dogs, drinks and more.
Learn more or register to attend at discover.uls.org/faire.