The STEM learning concepts of science, technology, engineering and math are skills needed for 21st Century jobs and career readiness. At Springview Elementary School, fifth and sixth grade students are learning STEM concepts with support of a $2,000 grant from the Flushing Area Community Fund.
STEM education is becoming a trend in public schools, but typically does not include all students, said Matt Shanafelt, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction. The grant allowed the district to purchase STEM program materials to provide more students with an opportunity to learn STEM ideas.
"Students from two classrooms worked together on a bridge building activity during their science class," said Lindy Beckman, STEM teacher. "Students shared and learned about the engineering design process, shared bridge project construction ideas and results, and then engaged with each other in bridge building activities. Students teamed up to test bridges and get a taste of the work of civil engineers. This unique activity was one way that more students could experience STEM learning concepts."
The STEM materials are designed by professionals at the Boston Museum of Science and will be used again with after school programs and future classrooms.