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STEAM Day

Save the date: STEAM Day is April 22, 2017

K-8 Brentwood School students and their families enjoy a special day of activities, tinkershops, explorations and demonstrations of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Activities like those below and led by Brentwood School teachers, students, parents, and special guests, are sure to engage, inspire, and empower!

We are looking for Brentwood School community members and/or friends that have an interest or background in STEAM related fields to propose and create activities. Click on the button below to submit your idea!

Perhaps, you have an idea for an activity? Look below for ideas:

Instructables · Make Magazine · Science Snacks from the Exploratorium · Activities from the Exploratorium · Tinkering Ideas

Activities from past events included:

Making your own Camera Obscura · Marble Run · Math and Magic · Experimenting with Magnets · Super Succulents · Snap and Bits: Exploring Electrical Circuits · Sun Printing · Paper Tricks: Creating Sculptures with Paper · Learn to Knit · Creatures out of String · Organ Dissection · Fun with Liquid Nitrogen · Isolating your own DNA · SCUBA Adventures · Soldering · Make a Stop Motion Animation · Drone Flying: Remote Control Flight Lessons · And many others

Featured Guests in 2015

"Super-Awesome" Sylvia is a 13-year-old girl from Northern California who makes a web show called "Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show." The inventor of the "WaterColorBot," a watercolor painting robot and kit, and a published author in her upcoming project book series based on her shows, and more! She is a Maker Faire fanatic, tiger lover, tinkerer, and loves to hang out with her friends. Check out more at sylviashow.com.





Coco Kaleel started her website, www.veryhappyrobot.com, to inspire others to get started in technology. She posts kit reviews and tips, suggestions about conferences, and links to technological news items. Coco has appeared as a panelist for topics such as “Arduino Grassroots Revolution” and “Women in STEM” at Loscon40, did a poster presentation at 3D Printer World Expo, and gave her talk “Girls and Robots” at the Texas Linux Fest in Austin. In June, MAKE Magazine posted a blog about Coco and her mentor entitled “Soldering a Connection—The Start of a Mentoring Relationship” which was then translated for MAKE: Japan. Currently a 7th grader, Coco also enjoys fencing, her school robotics team, playing the oboe, and helping puppy-raise for Guide Dogs of America.



Zach Oschin is a 16-year-old from Westlake Village, CA who is currently in his junior year of high school at Viewpoint School. He works as the Youth Engagement and Outreach Associate for XCOR Aerospace, a commercial space company focused on the research and development of safer and more reliable, reusable launch vehicles that will take not only people, but also experiments into space. Zach shares his love and passion for space with his peers as he speaks to students around the country about space exploration and the endless opportunities available to them as the commercial space market begins to grow. Beyond schoolwork and his job at XCOR, Zach is also an award winning filmmaker, President of his Temple Youth Group at Congregation Or Ami, founder of Pink for a Purpose (a school-based fundraising platform supporting breast cancer research), a network television featured young stock and real estate investor, six time class president, member of his high school Student Council and Model United Nations executive boards, an avid traveler, and enjoys politics, debate, skiing and reading.


Christine Fuller is a robotics mechanical engineer with the Robotic Vehicles and Manipulators Group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is currently working on the ATHLETE, Axel, and Hedgehog rovers. Her tasks focus on robotics and mechanical design and span mechanical engineering, electronics, and programming.






Gustavo Godoy is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, and is a proud Brentwood parent. His work is about the construction of histories and beliefs, formal and intuitive structures, and cultural systems of problem solving. He recently collaborated with the widely acclaimed BodyTraffic dance company on a large-scale sculptural performance piece at the Music Center in Los Angeles, as part of The Dance Camera West film festival. Godoy has exhibited extensively, with solo shows at the Wexner Center for the Arts , MOCA Jacksonville, PRISM, and Honor Fraser gallery, with group exhibitions at the Torrance Art Museum, the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, and MAK Center for Art & Architecture at the Schindler House in Los Angeles. Further afield, he has done site-specific projects in Brooklyn, New York, the MACO art fair in Mexico City, and at Centre d'art contemporain du Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France. He studied art at UC Irvine and graduated from UC Santa Barbara, and also explored architecture at UCLA before earning his MFA from Vermont College of Fine Art in Montpelier, Vermont. His work has been reviewed and discussed in publications including Frieze, Artslant, Sculpture Journal, Art in America, ArtReview, and the Los Angeles Times. His pieces can now be found in prominent collections such as the Jumex Collection, Tom Ford, and Philip Niarchos collections. He is represented by Honor Fraser Gallery, here in Los Angeles.



Dr. Kathy Magliato is one of the few female heart surgeons in the world and specializes in Heart/Lung Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Device implantation. Currently, she is Director of Women’s Cardiac Services at St. John’s Medical Center and President of the Greater LA American Heart Association. In addition to her 17 years of training as a cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Magliato recently received her MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Business and is developing a diagnostic cardiac medical device for which she holds a patent. Dr. Magliato is a nationally recognized authority on heart disease in women and has been featured extensively in the media including shows by Barbara Walters, Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey. Her memoir, Heart Matters, received a 4/4 star review by People magazine, and is being made into a scripted medical drama on NBC.



Raymond Stevens is currently the Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry at the University of Southern California and the Founding Director of the Bridge Institute at the University of Southern California. Dr. Stevens helped to pioneer the area of high throughput structural biology and drug discovery with more than 300 peer reviewed publications in the past 20 years, including seminal breakthroughs in the area of G-protein coupled receptors, neurotoxins including botulinum neurotoxin used to treat neuromuscular disorders, and neuro-related enzymes. He has been involved in the discovery and development of several marketed drugs and has received numerous awards for his research. Dr. Stevens has helped to establish four U.S. National Institutes of Health Centers and has founded three La Jolla biotech companies and a fourth biotech company located in Shanghai, China. Most recently, he was the Founding Director of the iHuman Institute at ShanghaiTech University in Shanghai, China.


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