NOISE Expo Features Interactive STEM Exhibits


Nick Uhas from America’s Got Talent presented an interactive science show. Photo from NOISE Facebook page; used with permission.

The Northeast Ohio Innovative STEM Expo, or NOISE, was held at BHS on Saturday, April 13.

The event showcased science, technology, engineering and mathematical principles through engaging interactive exhibits, activities and performances.

“[The goal of NOISE was student] exposure to various business and activities related to STEM, [and] so students can see the connection to STEM and the real world,” Junior Achievement marketing teacher Greg Perry said.

According to Perry, NOISE was financially successful.

“Between the NOISE Expo and sales of Arctic Thunder sherpas, marketing broke the Junior Achievement world record for sales revenue,” he said.

Among other things, marketing students spent the money on a trip to Orlando, Florida after NOISE was over.

Senior Spencer Bystrom outlined the process of planning the event.

“In the marketing class, we have different departments [and] every student has a role,” he said. “They list all the companies they know that could potentially be associated with NOISE—anything that relates to STEM—and we would go out and contact them to see if they want to be a part of NOISE.”

If a company was interested, marketing students would sell them a booth.

“After we sold all the booths, we’d get ready for the event,” he said. “On the actual day of the event, we had to work the whole day.”

A notable part of the event was the show performed by science entertainer Nick Uhas from America’s Got Talent.

According to Bystrom, Uhas’ performance was greatly anticipated.

“From what I could tell, a good amount of people [came to see Uhas],” Bystrom said. “We had two sold out shows in the auditorium.”

On stage in the auditorium, Uhas invited participants from the audience to help him with his science experiments.

One experiment demonstrated  how a chemical reaction takes place through the addition of a catalyst to many different types of reactants. When the catalyst was poured into each reactant, it created a large amount of foam that spilled onto the stage.

I like seeing the reactions from the audience build toward the end of the experiment…  A good audience equals a good show.

— Nick Uhas

For the last experiment, Uhas brought Superintendent Robert Hardis up to the stage. Uhas poured liquid nitrogen into the “bucket of science” while Hardis added boiling water to the mixture, which resulted in a huge cloud of smoke.

The audience was very engaged throughout Uhas’ performance, shouting “3, 2, 1… NOISE!” before every reaction took place.

After the show, Uhas explained his favorite part of the experiment.

“I like seeing the reactions from the audience build toward the end of the experiment,” he said. ” A good audience equals a good show.”

Beachwood parent Sharron Rosky enjoyed the show.

“I thought it was a terrific experiment for the children to see the different gases,” she said. “[It was also] great for the students to see the causes and effect of the experiment.”

Although running the event was tiring for the marketing students, it was a worthwhile experience.

“It was something out of my comfort zone, but I learned a lot from it and I’m sure a lot of people had a great experience,” Bystrom said. “It was a lot of work, but it was really worth it.”