The following is an excerpt from Placer County STEM Expo's website. For more information, visit stemexpo.org.

More than just a Science Fair, STEM Expo offers a place students to exhibit their work alongside entertainment and learning opportunities for the entire family - including expert presentations, STEM educators, real scientists and interactive events. We allow young minds to experience an innovative environment of hands-on science. STEM Expo enables students to explore their interests and talents by offering seven elective categories from which students can choose: Infernal Contraptions, Intelligence & Behavior, Science Fiction, Living Things, Reverse Enginnering & Invention, The Physical Universe, Robotics & Computation.

Students have the option to compete with their project, or simply display it for viewing and evaluation. Collaborative groups are permitted to work on projects together and, in the non-competitive arena, even parents and mentors can work in tandem with students.

STEM Expo is becoming recognized as the model for the next generation of student science competitions. We have presented our concept and format to educational conferences around the country, and many other locations are replacing their traditional science fairs with STEM Expo based events that get the students excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Should you know of anyone who would benefit from learning about Placer County STEM Expo, or would like more information about the event, please contact Eric Bull at eric@STEMexpo.org.

For more information on Stanislaus County's STEM Expo, contact Jose Marquez at jmarquez@stancoe.org.