Biggest STEM show and Tell arrives in Texoma

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - STEAM fever is taking over Texoma as science, technology, engineering, arts and math take center stage. 
 
Friday afternoon, crews set up for the first ever Texoma Mini Maker Faire at the Wichita Falls MPEC. Saturday's event is being called "the biggest show and tell in Texoma."

Kids from Texoma school districts, colleges, and tech companies are all showing off their project thanks to the vision of a local businessman.

Steve Haviland, the owner of Think of I.T., said when first moved to town he saw a need for more hands-on learning outside of the classroom.

Last October, he pitched the idea of a science fair to city leaders where adults and kids of all ages take part in an engineering competition then come together to show what they have made and what they have learned. Around 100 students are taking part in the engineering competition in hopes of winning $20,000 dollars in scholarships money.

Haviland said as he looked at most of the booths filled he was excited his vision is coming to life.

"It's an opportunity for kids to get their hands dirty to learn something, to learn that they can create something. Our kids when they grow up, they create the future. they make the future."

Haviland believed in making this dream a reality so much that he invested $11,000 dollars of his own money to make it happen. The rest of money to bring it to what it is today came from donations. Haviland said he hopes to make it a yearly event.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. so everyone can check all of what Texoma's youngest and brightest have to offer when doors open at ten in the morning.

There will also be a series of lectures by Stanford, Midwestern State University and NASA guest speakers.

The event cost seven dollars and kids 10 and under enter free.

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