Free STEM Fest features hovercraft rides, robots, & much more!

What: Jay Science and Engineering Academy STEM Fest

When: Saturday, May 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: 7611 Marbach Road, courtyard, cafeteria, gym, and auditorium

Who:  300 Jay SEA students and Kinder-8th grade students/families


Levitating off the ground with hovercraft rides. Learning to code and maneuver robots. Designing and launching rockets. Viewing the stars in a mobile planetarium.

Those are just a few of the more than 50 science, technology, engineering, and math (or STEM) activities at the second annual Jay Science and Engineering Academy STEM Fest.

The student-organized event is free and open to the public with activities geared toward kindergarten through eighth grade students. The activities are all self-paced driven by age and area of interest. Topics include physics, astronomy, robotics, chemistry, biology, math, and more.

The grand finale of the event is a Chemistry Roadshow, a more than hour-long presentation beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium, led by a Texas A&M University professor who incorporates lights, sound, colors, and even fire. Some lucky audience members may be called onstage to participate in experiments. Note: the auditorium lights will be dimmed during some of the presentation.

More than 350 Jay SEA students are involved in the event which is funded in part by a STEM Leadership grant from Andeavor.

Contact on site: Jay Science Academy Principal Gretchen Bley