Full STEAM ahead for Jeffrey Clark Students

Kyle Peden celebrates successfully programming a robot with Power Engineer Chet Peden. Rebecca Rafun waits her turn at the robot.

MICKLETON — It isn’t often that students get excited about learning something new in the final days of school, but that’s what happened on June 18 and 19 at the Jeffrey Clark School in Mickleton.

Kindergarten through 2nd grade students visited the STEAM Museum, a traveling exhibit with nine different hands-on activities including a bike generator, plasma station, robotics/coding, electric circuits, and building structures. The funding for the STEAM Museum was made possible through a grant from the POWER Foundation.

2nd grade students enjoy the Plasma Station.

The POWER Foundation’s goal is to promote interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math in future generations where POWER Engineers’ employees live and work, and this assembly met those goals completely.

After visiting the STEAM Museum, one student commented that it was awesome. “We got to touch and try lots of new things!” And another, “The Museum was helpful because it helps kids think about what they want to do as grown-ups.”

1st grade students wait patiently to generate electricity using the Bike Generator.

Teachers commented that they enjoyed the assembly because it gave students time to explore their interests, exposed their students to a variety of activities, and encouraged student-led learning. Parent volunteers also enjoyed seeing students having the opportunity to learn about science and engineering using practical applications that were fun and easy to understand.

The overwhelmingly positive responses to student exposure to STEAM activities is a good indicator of what’s to come in the next school year…  it’s full STEAM ahead for the Jeffrey Clark community.

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