Event to showcase students’ work

LORDSTOWN — The skills and talents of more than 100 Trumbull County students who have been taking part in the Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM)-powered learning program will be showcased Thursday at Lordstown High School, 1824 Salt Springs Road.

Bryan O’Hara, director of curriculum and instruction at Trumbull County Educational Service Center, said the STEAM program focuses on four pathways — performing arts, mixed media, coding and robotics and engineering.

Thursday’s event will feature demonstrations and exhibits 6 to 6:45 p.m. and performing arts program starting 7 p.m.

In September, students in fifth to eighth grades started meeting each Wednesday at Lordstown High School, where they participated in one pathway before gathering in the high school’s new Makerspace Room for various activities and challenges.

”The students participating in our STEAM-Powered Learning program engage more deeply in learning opportunities that promote communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity,” O’Hara said.

He said last November, STEAM received $125,000 in state funding that was secured by a team made up of U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, state Sen. Sean O’Brien and state Reps. Michael O’Brien and Glenn Holmes to help cover costs of equipment, programming and curriculum materials.

The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics donated $1,950 to TCESC also for curriculum materials.