2012 Bezos Scholar Kiona Elliott and educator Randa Flinn held a two-day S.T.E.A.M. Ideas Festival at Northeast High School in Oakland Park, FL to take part in STEM and global issues.
On day one of the festival, high school students participated in the Water Walk and the Hunger Banquet fundraiser, spotlighting inequalities in resource distribution throughout the world, while asking students to think how STEM could provide solutions.
On day two of activities, students listened to the Darwin Day Road Show, participated in Pi-Day math activities, heard from a panel of area scientists, and participated in collaboration of STEM and the arts.
“We believe our festival raised awareness about science and made science more compassionate and fun!” explain Kiona and Randa. “We also believe that our Festival brought our school closer, and our community closer.”
Kiona was invited – twice – to present at the annual White House Science Fair, and continues her interests and studies in the application of STEM as she pursues her Ph.D at Washington University in St. Louis.