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2018 STEM Festival

Where:  Clarke County High School, 627 Mosby Blvd., Berryville, VA  22611

When:  October 17, 2018

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.   Hands-on activities

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.   Presentation by keynote speaker

Free and Open to the Public!


Smiling portrait photo of Danielle Feinberg

Danielle Feinberg

Director of Photography for Lighting

Pixar Animation Studios

Danielle Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in February 1997. As she worked her way from an entry level, technical job to one of the top creative positions, she crewed many of Pixar’s feature films including Toy Story2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. Feinberg rose to be the Director of Photography for Lighting on Disney Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning films WALL•E, Brave, and Pixar's 2017 film Coco.

Feinberg’s love of combining computers and art began she was eight years old, and first programmed a Logo turtle to create images. This eventually led her to a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University. In addition to her Pixar work, she works with teenage girls, encouraging them to pursue code, math and science by demonstrating to them this same magic found by combining art and technology. She was able to bring that message to a broader audience with her presentation that was part of the PBS "Science and Wonder" TED Talks


Instructional Resources 

Code.org - a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States and Code.org also organizes the annual Hour of Codecampaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world. Grades K-12.

codeSpark Academy - codeSpark’s mission is to make computer science education accessible to kids everywhere. Our word-free interface makes learning to code accessible to pre-readers and non-English speakers. codeSpark Academy is free for use in public schools, libraries and non-profits. Grades K-5.

Pixar in a Box - a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar. This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy is sponsored by Disney.

The Science Behind Pixar - this exhibition has been designed to let visitors experience the art, science, computer science, and math that Pixar uses to create their groundbreaking films. The resources on this website can help you find ways to incorporate the science behind Pixar into your classroom.

For more information about the STEM Festival, contact Debbie Biggs at biggsd@clarke.k12.va.us or 540-955-6100.

The STEM Festival is sponsored by: