Learning is Made Fun at LPPS STEAM Expo

Learning is Made Fun at Livingston Parish’s STEAM Expo
Posted on 03/16/2022
Students from Southside Junior High School demonstrate the concepts they learned this schoolyear in their Survey of Computer Science class, which is one of the district’s more popular STEM course offerings.Learning is Made Fun at Livingston Parish’s STEAM Expo

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. – More than 1,000 children, parents and community members gathered at the Denham Springs High School STEM & Robotics Center on Saturday, March 12, to experience learning in the festive environment of the district’s STEAM Expo.

They visited demonstration booths, special presentations and hands-on games and activities both inside the building and out on the crowded parking lot.

STEM & Robotics Center Director Michael Simmons noted that the STEAM Expo focused on learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

“The Expo had robotics demonstrations, hands-on activities, 3-D Virtual Reality building design by Domain Architecture, K-9 demonstrations from the Livingston Parish Sherriff’s Office, Fire in the Wire from DEMCO, and many more amazing displays and interactive activities from community participants,” Simmons said.

The March 12 event is the second STEAM Expo sponsored by Livingston Parish Schools. The first event was held in 2020. The district did not host an event last year because of COVID restrictions.

“This event is a great opportunity to provide engaging displays and activities that increase student and parent awareness and interest in the various STEAM academic fields and careers,” Simmons said. “We have been waiting two long years to host this event again, and we are so glad this year’s event was a great success.”
Superintendent Joe Murphy noted that the district has expanded STEM learning throughout the parish at all grade levels. At the start of this schoolyear, the district partnered with LSU to integrate STEM learning at the middle and elementary school levels.

“By integrating STEM into the curriculum at all levels, our students are allowed more opportunities to think logically, critically and innovatively by learning how to develop solutions for problems,” Murphy said.

Duane Whitecotton from Southeastern Louisiana University’s Simulation and Technology program shows students how medical technology is being used to monitor human heartbeats and other vital functions.

Duane Whitecotton from Southeastern Louisiana University’s Simulation and Technology program shows students how medical technology is being used to monitor human heartbeats and other vital functions.



Information displays like this one detailing facts about the Earth’s atmosphere were set up throughout the STEM & Robotics Center during the STEAM Expo.

Information displays like this one detailing facts about the Earth’s atmosphere were set up throughout the STEM & Robotics Center during the STEAM Expo.





Heather David from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries shows students and their parents how to identify different species of fish that are common in Louisiana.

Heather David from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries shows students and their parents how to identify different species of fish that are common in Louisiana.





DEMCO workers lit up the DSHS STEM Center at the STEAM Expo to demonstrate to children and parents in the crowd how contact with electrical lines can result in a deadly fire.

DEMCO workers lit up the DSHS STEM Center at the STEAM Expo to demonstrate to children and parents in the crowd how contact with electrical lines can result in a deadly fire.