STEAMfest 2021

Welcome to STEAMfest 2021!

Helping Everyone Reach for the Stars

At HCC, students build knowledge and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics! Students, faculty and staff joined us in-person and virtually on Monday, November 8–Tuesday, November 9, 2021 and learned how to advance discovery, innovation, and sustainability – on planet Earth and on worlds beyond!

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Monday, November 8th
All daytime sessions held at Event Center Beacon Hall

9:45AM - 10:00AM
Dean Avant Open & Welcome

10:00AM - 10:50AM
All I really needed to know about the search for life in the Universe I learned at Community College

Join Dr. Heather Graham in a panel discussion and Q&A about life, the universe, and how getting a start in community college prepared her for astrobiology and a career in research Bio: Dr. Heather Graham

10:00AM - 2:00PM
LIVE ON AIR! with Junie Cassone, Amateur Radio Operator

Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club ...HCC Courtyard

Bio: Junie Cassone

11:00AM - 11:45AM
Space Engineering Demo

Elliot Severn, Discovery Science Center and Planetarium

Bio: Elliot Severn

11:45AM - 12:15PM
Lunch Served

12:00PM - 12:50PM
A Worldwide UFO Legend Begins Next Door: MIB in Bridgeport

Michael J. Bielawa, Historian and Author

Bio: Michael J. Bielawa

1:00PM - 2:00PM
Discussions About Internship Programs at NASA

by Matthew Pearce, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Evening Events for Monday, November 8th
Registration Required

5:30PM - 6:00PM
The Music of the Spheres Today

How do scientists listen to the sounds of the solar system? What kinds of sounds are out there? How does sound transform our understanding of the universe? Join us for some stellar vibrations!

Dr. Kevin Green, Department of Physics, University of New Haven
Beacon Hall Event Center Bio: Kevin Green

6:00PM - 7:30PM
Star Party in the HCC Courtyard!

Look at the night sky using telescopes! Telescopes courtesy of the Westport Astronomical Society, HCC Courtyard

Tuesday, November 9th
All daytime sessions held at Event Center Beacon Hall

9:45AM - 10:00AM
Dr. Smith Open & Welcome

10:00AM - 10:50AM
Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission

Videos/Exhibit Hall/poster presentations

If you wish to view the YouTube videos on a separte page, please click here.

11:00AM - 11:45AM
Discussion with Dr. Seth Redfield

... Professor of Astronomy, Wesleyan University

Bio: Dr. Seth Redfield

11:45AM - 12:15PM
Lunch Served

12:15PM - 12:50PM
Panel Discussion

Dr. Redfield’s students: Katie Bennett, Cassidy Soloff, Kyle McGregor

1:00PM - 2:00PM
Building Dobsonian Telescopes

Andy Poniros, NASA Solar System Ambassador

Bio: Andy Poniros

Evening Events for Tuesday, November 9th
Registration Required

6:00PM - 8:00PM
Evening star gazing with Andy Poniros

at Russian Beach meet at the flag post at 6pm

Click Here for the Directions. Street parking will be available.

Click Here for Photo of the Beach.

Evening Events for Thursday, November 11th
Movie in the Events Center

7:00PM - 9:00PM
Hidden Figures

Biographical drama film, loosely based on the 2016 non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about African American female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race


STEAMfest Videos

Watch NASA’s Perseverance Rover Land on Mars!

Teaching Space With NASA Talks

Teaching Space with NASA Talks

Hear from experts and education specialists about the latest missions and science happening at NASA as they answer your questions! Click Here to View Channel

Spacefarers: How Humans Will Settle the Moon, Mars, and Beyond

Countdown to Mars: Dr. Paula Welander

Countdown to Mars: Dr. Mackenzie Day

Countdown to Mars: dr. Sarah Stewart Johnson

Eric Chiang: Are We Born Connected? Exhibit Information

If you have any questions, contact STEAMfest Coordinator David Platt at or call 203.332.5115.

STEAMfest Sponsors

Thank you to Sikorsky- a Lockheed Martin Company and Pitney Bowes for their long-term support of HCC students and being champions of STEAM at Housatonic Community College.


Pitney Bowes

Achieving the Dream
JED Campus