900+ Attend STEAM Event Raising $30,000 for Elmbrook Schools Robotics and Automation Program

March 8, 2024
Photo by Michael Tucker of Strawbridge Studios Hundreds of children attended the record-setting Explore STEAM event.

Hundreds of students from kindergarten through eighth grade participated in hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) activities to learn about potential careers at the Elmbrook Education Foundation’s second annual Explore STEAM event. 

In total, more than 900 students, parents, educators, sponsors and volunteers attended the event, presented by Generac and Milwaukee Tool, in the Brookfield Central High School Main Gym. This was nearly double the 500 attendees from the 2023 event. 

Attendees embarked on an evening of discovery and exploration as they went from station to station engaging in activities in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Student robotics teams from the district were able to actively showcase their efforts in the areas of robotics and automation, and other students volunteered to help staff the event, ensuring younger children had a good experience. 

Photo by Michael Tucker of Strawbridge Studios Children enjoy the CG Schmidt booth.
Photo by Michael Tucker of Strawbridge Studios A child enjoys the Bank Five Nine exhibit.
Photo by Michael Tucker of Strawbridge Studios Children enjoy an experiment with Annex Wealth Management.

The event raised more than $30,000, which will go toward the Foundation’s $100,000 commitment to the new Robotics and Automation space at Brookfield East High School. This space is accessible to all Elmbrook high school students and will impact thousands of students for years to come.  

“The Elmbrook Education Foundation is once again blown away by the success of the Explore STEAM event. This event achieved our goals and exceeded our expectations of connecting with families through the exploration of STEAM activities. We can’t wait to see you all next year!” said Elizabeth Simpson, the Foundation’s Explore STEAM Chair. 

Tom Parks, Annex Wealth Management sponsor and volunteer, added, “This was my first year as a volunteer, and I’m pretty sure that I had even more fun than the kids! It was great to see families interacting together and to watch people sincerely interested in the various exhibits.”