Robotics club to host STEM fair; APS Showcase May 20

CARL RUSSO/File photo. At the Andover Public Schools showcase last year, senior Dhruv Srivastava explained his project, filtering dirty water into clean water, to Bob Willard. The third annual showcase, which will include robotics, engineering, programming projects, senior exhibitions and a number of other projects, is being held this year on May 20 at the Cormier Youth Center.

Phillips Academy was nationally recognized as one of the top 30 high school STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs in the country.

Phillips is the only Massachusetts school to appear on the list of's top 30 high school STEM programs. The school placed 20th. used school data and innovation to score the schools on the list.

Their website recognized Phillips for providing education to students from 49 different countries, as well as for their roster of over 300 courses and more than 150 electives. The school was also recognized for their Gelb Science Center, which has three floors of lab and classroom space filled with college-level science equipment, reptiles and an observatory dome.


ARC and AYS collaborate on STEM fair

The Andover Robotics Club (ARC), in conjunction with Andover Youth Services, is organizing a STEM fair in an effort to connect middle school and high school students with the local opportunities available to them in these fields.

ARC is spearheading the fair in hope of making science, technology, engineering and math more accessible to youth.

The Andover STEM Fair will be held Thursday, May 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cormier Youth Center. It will feature several science-oriented clubs from AHS, who will discuss their ongoing activities and projects. A few STEM professionals and other extracurricular programs will also be at the fair to explain their work to attendees.

At 6:15 p.m. a special presentation on cybersecurity will be held, as well as a mock robotics match at 7:15 p.m.

ARC is hoping to publicize Andover's STEM opportunities, attract new members to STEM clubs and spark interest in STEM fields among students.


ACE to sponsor public schools showcase

The Andover Coalition for Education, or ACE, will sponsor its third annual Andover Public Schools Showcase, featuring more than 130 projects from students across the district.

The showcase will be held Monday, May 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cormier Youth Center.

Students doing innovative work in the fields of health, mental health, policy, global issues, the environment, science and technology will showcase original projects.

Representation from a variety of Andover High School classes and programs will be featured at the event, including robotics, engineering, the senior exhibition program, the environmental science internship class, the senior capstone class and the global pathways program.

Portfolio-level work from senior fine arts students will also be on display in the lobby.

Fifth grade students from High Plain and West Elementary Schools, as well as eighth grade students from Doherty, West and Wood Hill Middle Schools will show off their year-end capstone projects.

The showcase will also feature live demonstrations of underwater robotics by members of the AHS SeaPerch Club.

“ACE is thrilled to provide the community with another chance to see some of the incredible projects our students have produced.” said ACE President Lenore Price. “Parents and students in the lower grades will also get a glimpse of the growing number of innovative opportunities available to them at Andover High.”

The event is free and open to the public.


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