The be.next Video Game Design Academy will host its 3rd Annual STEAM Day Expo- a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics experience for local elementary school students.
Three hundred Manteca Unified students will descend on the Lathrop High School campus Wednesday and Thursday for a day of science experiments, art projects, computer programming lessons, and physics demonstrations, led by students from the be.next Video Game Design Academy and the Lathrop High School Science and CTE Careers with Children departments.
Early exposure has shown to be instrumental in developing a lifelong interest in STEAM, especially in girls. The STEAM Day Expo is an applied experience for elementary school students, designed to inspire curiosity and wonder through fun, educational activities. Students will see real-world physics experiments, program robots, and build their first video game level, in sessions led by high school students. Now in its third year, the STEAM expo has grown from a small group of 50 students to hosting 300 students in five different classroom sessions.
Established in 2015, be.next Video Game Design Academy is one of four be.tech charter school academies in Manteca Unified School District. With a curriculum focused on the art, design, programming of video games, and college preparatory courses, be.next is a charter school designed for student’s looking to become video game designers.