FREE FAMILY EVENT!

Feb 12th - 10AM-2PM STEM & Health EXPO

Be at RCSA Innovation 8160 Baymeadows Way W. Jacksonville, FL 32256. Come and Join our 9th Anniversary!

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The Annual Florida STEM & Health Expo

The STEM & Health Expo is Florida’s alternative to the typical County Science & Health Fair. It allows students to get a chance to showcase their science work in a fun and unique venue, with learning opportunities for the entire family. This free, one-day event features exciting science shows, STEM educators & scientists, hands-on activities, cool robots, community health supporters, doctors, health professionals, community workers, the fire and police department, fun vendor booths, public servants, and more!

When

Feb 12th – 10AM-2PM STEM & Health EXPO

Where

8160 Baymeadows Way W. Jacksonville, FL 32256

Who

  • Students who have a project to share in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and/or Health
  • Teams of students who have collaborated on a STEM & Health project together
  • Teachers and students who wish to share a classroom investigation
    Community professionals who offer a hands-on experience for students, involving careers in Science, Technology, engineering, Math, and Health
  • Families who would like to come to the Expo to enjoy hands-on activities and explore the excitement and opportunities that STEMP & Health has to offer

Why

Our mission is to expose Florida’s citizens to the exciting and engaging world of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and health to ignite their interests and motivation for these disciplines. We want students engaged in early age and kept in the STEM & Health pipeline as they grow, so they are set to become successful STEM & Health professionals later on in life. The STEM & Health Expo is Florida’s alternative to the typical County Science & Health Fair. It allows the students to get a chance to showcase their science work in a fun and unique venue, with learning opportunities for the entire family.

What

To accomplish the primary goals of the Expo, activities have been developed for participating students, teachers, and the general public. Participating students will work with their teachers and/or mentors to prepare a demo that they will present to the public at the Expo. The general public will have the chance to view presentations by local industries and universities that include applications such as solar energy, robotics and the like.

Why STEM?

Science is the one subject that encompasses everything in life and helps students to be curious, ask questions, and make connections as to why the world exists as it does. It is the backdrop for understanding our world, and for helping us to explain and appreciate it in new ways.
 
Science is the “S” in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. We define STEM education as the preparation of students in competencies and skills in the four disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math). A successful STEM education provides students with science, math, and engineering/technology in sequences that build upon each other and can be used with real-world applications.
STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. This innovation and science literacy depend on a solid knowledge based on the STEM areas. It is clear that most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science—10-year employment projections by the U.S. Department of Labor show that of the 20 fastest growing occupations projected for 2014, 15 of them require significant mathematics or science preparation.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics—STEM, and therefore, STEM education—are vital to our future—the future of our country, the future of our region and the future of our children. Besides, STEM is everywhere; it shapes our everyday experiences.
Have you considered how often we experience STEM in our lives? Science is our natural world— sun, moon and stars…lands and oceans…weather, natural disasters, the diversity of nature, animals (large, small, microbial)…plants and food…the fuel that heats our homes and powers transportation…The list is almost endless. In today’s world, technology is thought of as computers and smartphones, but it goes back to television, radio, microscopes, the telegraph, telescopes, compass, and even the first wheel. Yes, engineering builds roads, and bridges, but it also tackles today’s challenges of transportation, global warming and environment-friendly machines, appliances, and systems. We only have to look around to see what improvements to our lives and our homes have been engineered in the last decade alone. We encounter mathematics at the grocery store, the bank, on tax forms, in dealing with investments and the family budget. Every other STEM field depends on mathematics. STEM is important, because it pervades every aspect of our lives.
Let’s consider how STEM affects what is closest and dearest to us—our children. STEM is their future—the technological age in which they live, their best career options, and their key to wise decisions. In 2009, the United States Department of Labor listed the ten most wanted employees. Eight of those employees were ones with degrees in the STEM fields: accounting, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, information sciences and systems, computer engineering, civil engineering, and economics and finance. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while others are growing at 9.8%. From health care workers with associate degrees to doctors of medicine will average 20% more in life-time earnings than peers with similar degrees in non-health care. A glance at 2010 starting salaries for engineers –with $47,145 for civil engineers to $60,054 for chemical engineers– is strong evidence that STEM related jobs can be financially rewarding careers for our children.
Likewise, according to the U. S. Labor Department, the 10 fastest growing occupations from 2008-2018, and their median wages, are:
·         Biomedical engineers, $77,400
·         Network systems and data communications analysts, $71,100
·         Financial examiners, $70,930
·         Medical scientists, except epidemiologists, $72,590
·         Physician assistants, $81,230
·         Biochemists and biophysicists, $82,840
·         Athletic trainers, $39,640
STEM learning is an economic imperative. Experts say that technological innovation accounted for almost half of U.S. economic growth over the past 50 years, and almost all of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will require at least some background in STEM.
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Apply to be a 2022 STEM & Health Expo Vendor!

The expo will be held on Saturday, February 12th, 2022 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at 8160 Baymeadows Way W. Jacksonville, FL 32256

  • Vendor space is limited and will be given out first come, first serve by approval. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to secure a place. Please note: turning in an application does not guarantee acceptance into the expo.
  • Applications will be reviewed for acceptance and notification of acceptance will be given via email.
  • There is a required donation for booths to help cover the costs of running the expo. Nonprofits are asked to pay $50 and corporations/other businesses are asked to pay $100. Donations are non-refundable. Any proceeds from this event will go to STEM projects for RCSA students.
  • Vendors must notify of cancellations by January 31st, 2022. A $150.00 cancellation charge will be issued for any cancellations given after January 31st, 2022.
  • Vendor areas are approx. 8′ by 8′. All areas are assigned based on vendor category and weather
  • Vendors must remain set up until 2:00 pm on February 12th, 2022. Any vendors that leave early will be charged a $100.00 fee.
  • · Areas must be set up by 9:30 am Saturday, February 12th, and disassembled by 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 12th.
  • All vehicles must be moved to designated parking by 9:00 am on Saturday, February 12th.
  • Vendors needing electricity or indoor coverage must say so on their vendor application for this to be guaranteed.
  • Additional booth information, maps, permits, rules, and regulations will be sent out by January 17th, 2022.
  • Vendors supply their own tables, chairs, and small tents. RCSA has a small number of tables and chairs available that will be given out first-come, first-serve. Let us know on your application if you need a table or chairs.
  • All vendors must have an interactive, hands-on activity to encourage student learning.
  • Donations can be made by check, cash, or card. Make checks payable to River City Science Academy. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at 7565 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32216.
  • Vendors must let us know if they plan to sell any products or conduct any sign-ups.

Questions: Contact ajuliet@rivercityscience.org

2020 VENDORS

8th Annual Florida STEM & Health Expo Sponsorship Levels

TITLE SPONSOR – $5000

Everything listed in the lower sponsorship levels, plus:

  • Company advertisement through our Clear Channel Outdoor affiliates
  • Acknowledgment in media promotion

PLATINUM EXPO SPONSOR- $2500

Everything listed in the lower sponsorship levels, plus:

  • Acknowledgement in RCSA newsletters and social media (3000+ reach)
  • Invitation to publicly address audience at event

GOLD EXPO SPONSORSHIP- $1000

Everything listed in the lower sponsorship levels, plus:

  • Advertising on school’s scrolling marquis sign on Beach Blvd.
  • Acknowledgment in event promotion materials (billboard, flyers, etc.)
  • Acknowledgment in press release and social media
  • Prominent logo placement in event program

SILVER EXPO SPONSORSHIP- $500

Everything listed in the lower sponsorship levels, plus:

  • Verbal acknowledgment at event
  • Logo placement in event program

BRONZE EXPO SPONSORSHIP- $250 or Less

  • Acknowledgment in program
  • Logo on Florida STEM & Health Expo website and event slideshow
  • Pre-approval to hold vendor booth at Expo at VIP spot

2020 SPONSORS

MEDIA SPONSORS

GOLD SPONSORS

SILVER SPONSORS

BRONZE SPONSORS

FUN ZONE SPONSORS

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