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STEAM Week kicks off in Douglas County

The organization hosts STEAM Week every year for young kids and their families with hands-on events that engage STEAM-thinking.

Posted: May 7, 2021 6:57 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub is officially kicking off STEAM Week Saturday.

Douglas County Partners for Student Success hosts the event every year for young kids and their families with hands-on events that engage STEAM-thinking: science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

Organizers said the event was completely virtual last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, they said they are able to have semi in-person events this year, while following COVID-19 safety protocols.

“It’s not quite face to face, but we’re actually able to give things to kids and then encourage them to participate,” said director Gwen Soderberg-Chase.

Because some of the events are in-person, Soderberg-Chase said she is excited to see the students engage once again.

“If we get to be face to face, we get to actually see the kids get excited about discovering, thinking about how things might work, creating,” she said.

Their first event is Saturday with a self-guided walk through the Eastwood Nature Trail.

In the days following, they will have events at places like the Umpqua Valley Boys and Girls Club and Bright Futures Umpqua.

For a full list of events, visit their website.

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