SLIME (Students of Long Island Maker Expo) is an interactive Day of Making for students, parents and educators from across Long Island, taking place on May 7, 2016. Students, parents, educators, and other community members come together from various school districts to participate in hands-on activities promoting imagination and creativity. From recyclable crafts to robotic technology, everyone has fun while learning new skills and making new friends. SLIME isn't just STEM or STEAM. It's STREAM...science, technology, research, engineering, art, and math. SLIME celebrates the creativity and innovation of all Long Island students K-12 regardless of age, gender, language, religion, culture, and socio-economic background.
The basic principles of SLIME are:
- All students k-12 from Long Island may participate
- SLIME is a free event funded by sponsors and donors
- Hands-on learning activities promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- 21st century learning skills that involve both low and high tech can prepare our students to be active participants of the global community
- Learning can and should be fun again!
Will you be in the area? Get your tickets today.
We were initially drawn to SLIME for the acronym - I mean, who wouldn't want to be a part of SLIME, right? [Note to future applicants, we're suckers for a good name -ed]
But beyond the amazing name, we were excited by the passion of the organizers of the event, the momentum that the Expo has right now (they've already matched last year's registrations, and they're still months away from their event) and the impact of our particular funds will have to the Expo in 2016 and in future years.
We're also happy to be able to fund a project outside of New York City and bring the spirit of Awesome to new communities. Are you interested in starting your own Awesome Foundation chapter? Get in touch!
Funded by New York City, NY (February 2016)