Virtual STEAM Festival

Banner with STEAM letters written in science-themed objects and drawings of rockets, atoms, and arts

M-NCPPC’s Department of Parks and Recreation is taking a leading role to bring out the inner STEAM power in Prince George’s County youth by providing engaging and fun programming that builds confidence and a better understanding in the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process.

STEAMFest 2020

  • Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020
  • Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Held virtually this year.
  • Register today for a chance to get a free giveaway bag.*
  • Program Lineup & List of Supplies listed below. 
    • *Times may be subject to change.
    • **Most supplies provided with Kickoff Registration (while supplies last).
    • ***Supplies from home

*Giveaway Details

Enhance the fun of our STEAMfest Kickoff! Be one of the first 500 super heroes to register and come to the STEAMFest Giveaway Zone to pick up a free STEAMFest tote with Super STEAM cape, mask, and activity supplies. While supplies last.

steam festival cape and face mask

Program Lineup & List of Supplies Needed

Kickoff Airing Times*
11:00 - 11:05am Department Welcome | Bill Tyler, Director
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, 
Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George's County
11:05 - 11:20 am Robotic Hands
Participants will use construction paper and straws to replicate joint
movement as it relates to their own hands.
Ages 6-8
**Supplies needed: Construction paper, yarn, straws, robot hand
pattern, scissors, tacky glue, clear tape with dispenser
11:25 - 11:45 am Band Dance Stands
Participants will learn the coordination and focus it takes to learn an
8-count band stands routine while applying mental and muscle memory.
Please be sure to warm up and stretch before the activity, and wear
athletic attire (white t-shirt or tank top, leggings, or shorts, and sneakers).
Ages 6-17
**Supplies needed: Sequent headband
11:50 - 12:10 pm Teen Statistics by 2020
Join us for an interactive demonstration and discussion about the role
statistics play in the lives of citizens during the 2020 calendar year. We
will delve into how statistics play a part in aspects of daily life from the
Census to the election.
Ages 13-17
***Supplies from home: Writing utensil, paper, and a handheld
calculator (optional)
12:15 – 12:30 pm Lava Lamps
Participants will experiment with density, intermolecular polarity, and gas
while creating their very own decorative lava lamp.
Ages 6-17
**Supplies needed: Plastic bottle, food coloring
***Supplies from home: Cooking oil, water, alka seltzer tablet
12:30 – 12:40 pm Strawberry DNA
Participants will learn about the genetics of living things to create a
necklace from fruit DNA.
Ages 6-17
**Supplies needed: Pendant case, yarn, plastic baggie, and a toothpick
***Supplies needed from home: Rubbing alcohol, Dawn dishwashing
liquid, strawberry
12:40 – 1:00 pm Ancient and Modern Wetlands
Get to know a little something about our natural and historical resources.
Learn how archaeologists, paleontologists, and modern environmental
scientists study marshes and examine different things. Watch or
participate in a model wetlands demonstration to explore how this natural
resource helps the environment. 
Ages 9-17
***Supplies needed from home: Empty water bottle, a cup of water, 
a funnel, some soil or dirt, and a few coffee filters and cotton balls
1:05 – 1:25 pm Sink or Float
Participants will dive into learning about water and buoyancy while 
joining in for hands-on experiments.  
Ages 6-9
***Supplies needed from home: Water, bowl/vase for water,  
  and an orange
1:30 – 1:50 pm
Sustainability Sights: How do Rain Gardens Work?
Participants will watch and learn as experts demonstrate how rainwater
runoff is managed through attractive, low maintenance, wildlife-friendly
Ages 6-17 
Supplies needed: N/A
1:55 – 2:15 pm Geometry and Sports
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the connection 
between geometry and sports-related activities.
Ages 6-17
**Supplies needed: Paper and writing utensil
2:20 – 2:40 pm Introduction to Improvisational Theater 
by Arts On a Roll
Improvisation (theater games) is one of the training tools for actors. 
Participants will learn how to be rooted in the moment, to cooperate with
their stage partners, and to make good ideas look like great ideas.
Join us for a virtual demonstration to learn how to practice
improvisational skills at home and improve your own performing skills.  
Ages 12 & up
Supplies needed: N/A
2:40 – 3:00 pm Presentation by Vision Zero Prince George's

Ways to Participate

  1. Register to participate in the “Virtual STEAMFest 2020 Kickoff” Live Presentation
    Watch and interact with the various facets of the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, as we attach topics of S.T.E.A.M. to play. Register above to dive deep into your choice of programming; whether it be learning about movement to construct a robotic hand, or tuning in to test your timing and count while participating in a stand dance workshop. Plus a chance to win a free giveaway bag*.

  2. Register for STEAM programs and events throughout the month of November

  3. Interact with us on social media using the #PGParksSTEAM hashtag 
    Wear your STEAM cape and post footage of your participation during the 2020 Virtual STEAMFest using #pgparkssteam for a chance to win a prize.

  4. Volunteer as a Citizen Scientist
    Put your observation and critical thinking powers to the test to compile scientific data about the world around you. Participate in a bio blitz through iNaturalist to locate and assess the wildlife around our parks, or complete projects on Zooniverse helping the scientific community classify data.

    Volunteer hours can count toward Student Service Learning credit for Prince George’s County Public Schools.

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