Second annual Steamfest satisfies young STEM students

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- Lowe Mill hosted an event Saturday, which boasted large crowds, and a 3 story pine car racetrack. The second annual Steamfest brought in thousands, satisfied curious guests of all ages with hands on activities.

Steamfest recognizes the STEM education program, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math. Subjects that are sometimes overlooked in classrooms, says Vice President of Education at Appleton Learning Phil Kovacs.

"Math, and science, technology, engineering are alive. They have real applications, and one way to show kids how math and science play together, was to have them build cars, and then race them down a non traditional racetrack," Said Kovacs.

The racetrack was specially built, and kids had the opportunity to test out their hand crafted cars.  McNair Junior High School student Amyiah Clark said, "We're here to race our derby cars, and tour the building of the place."

Academy For Academics and Arts student Alyssa Eady, enjoyed building the car and seeing the results. "Even being a part of the race and not winning, seeing how long the ramp was, from the window. It's so much excitement, its like actually racing."

In addition to the racetrack, students and their families were able to learn about STEM subjects in a fun, hands-on environment.

"Hopefully the turnout will encourage Huntsville City Schools to support a third annual Steamfest," added Kovacs.

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