TEDx Santiago STEAM Youth

Santiago STEAM Magnet is proud to announce our first TEDx Youth Conference during the 22-23 school year.  A handful of our sixth grade students with the support of our sixth grade teachers, Mrs. Menke and Mrs. Brown, embarked on a fulfilling event for not only our 6th graders, but also for kindergartener through sixth grade guests.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

This years theme was "Creativity and Confidence."

Speakers included:

Caley Erandio, 6th grade student

Caley is a passionate writer and poet, and she is a two-time winner of Santiago STEAM's "Haiku in the Garden" contest. Caley is uniquely inquisitive. Her use of clarifying and probing questions make her an amazing asset to any team. The combination of Caley's superior work ethic and her endless creativity make her a force to be reckoned with.

TEDx Talk on YouTube

How Memories Impact the Future:  What is the purpose of a memory? Caley Erandio explores multiple perspectives around this question.


Daniella Schauer, 6th grade student

Daniella is an artist who works hard to do her best in school. Her pencil shading technique caught the interest of her classmates this year, causing a ripple effect of inspired and confident artists in her wake. She enjoys coding, playing video games, and listening to music. Daniella hopes to inspire young kids who stutter to challenge themselves and let their ideas be heard.

TEDx Talk on YouTube

Music: The Universal Language:  Have you ever wondered about the impacts of the music all around you? Daniella Schauer shares her personal experience and discoveries about how music connects us all.


Noah Nguyen, 6th grade student

Noah is an innovator and a risk-taker. He is a natural leader and a creative thinker. Noah is the resident 3D printing expert at his school, and has been supporting various elementary students in achieving their project dreams with his school's 3D printers. Noah's thoughtful problem-solving is only matched by his willingness to help others and his genuine heart.

TEDx Talk on YouTube

How YOU Can Affect Your Day:  Have you ever had a bad day? Noah Nguyen wonders if you actually may have had a good day, but you just didn't realize it at the time.