S.T.EM. FAIR RECEIVES AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR INNOVATION
LACEY, WA, May 13, 2015: The Washington Recreation and Park Association (WRPA) recently announced Lacey’s S.T.E.M. Fair as a recipient of the WRPA Program of Excellence Award for Innovative Programming during a ceremony at the association’s annual conference in Tacoma. The WRPA, an affiliate of the National Recreation and Park Association, celebrates people, parks, and programs with an award program honoring individuals and organizations for their contributions to the field of parks and recreation in Washington State.
S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, all of which are vital fields that shape our future. Winners of this year’s Electrathon Car Race student division are from Willamette and Thurston High Schools, both located in Oregon.
Although 2014 was the first year for the S.T.E.M. Fair, its origins go back 17 years. In 1998, Lacey Parks and Recreation, working with River Ridge High School, hosted an Electrathon Electric Car event to showcase the then relatively new concept of Electric powered vehicles. In the following years, the event showcased biodiesel and other alternative fuel types. In 2008, the event was expanded to the Alternative Energy Fair. As the alternative became mainstream, planning began for the next phase of the event, which included Robotics Competitions and the emphasis in S.T.E.M. education and careers.
For more information about WRPA, visit www.wrpatoday.org. For more information about Lacey’s S.T.E.M. Fair, call the Lacey Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 491-0857.
- Lori Flemm, Director, Parks & Recreation; (360) 491-0857; firstname.lastname@example.org