March 13, 2018 > STEAM showcase in Milpitas
STEAM showcase in Milpitas
By Rhoda J. Shapiro
On Saturday, March 3, Milpitas Community Educational Endowment (MCEE) partnered with Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) to host an annual STEAM showcase. Featuring over 60 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math projects, the showcase featured the work of 160 students from nearly every school in the Milpitas School District - from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Robert Jung, founder of MCEE, was thrilled by all the enthusiasm. ÒWe were very happy this year. Our goal all along when we started this five years ago was to have every school and grade level represented,Ó said Jung. ÒThis year, we were just about able to accomplish that. We had so many projects. Some even came in at the last minute, and we had to turn them away because we ran out of space.Ó
Held at Milpitas High SchoolÕs Learning and Resource Center, the atmosphere in the room was marked by camaraderie and spontaneity. A noncompetitive event, the showcase gave students an opportunity to freely share their creations without pressure.
Jung, who also has a seat on MUSDÕs school board, founded MCEE back in 2009. Its formation was motivated by 2008Õs recession, which set the stage for a wave of budget cuts throughout the school district. Jung, a passionate proponent of education, formed MCEE as a way of creating an endowment for students in MilpitasÕ school district; he believes that the equalizing effects of a quality education create the foundation upon which children can thrive, no matter what their life circumstances may be.
On May 12, MCEE will host a High School Summer Job and Internship Fair at the San Jose City College Milpitas Extension, connecting youth to summer job, volunteer, and internship opportunities. Last year, at the first Job Fair, 10 employers came out, leading to about 24 hires. This year, Jung hopes to build on those numbers.
This summer, MCEE will also host a Preschool Resource Fair. To learn more about MCEE and the amazing things theyÕre doing for students in Milpitas, go to: http://mceefoundation.weebly.com