The biggest buzz word in education these days is STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
In a recent project at Woodsdale Elementary, they added an “A” for “art”, and came up with a project they called “STEAM.”
It was so compelling, it received a $1,000 grant from FirstEnergy.
“And the kids are going to study book characters and pick a character that they like. And at the same time they’re going to learn how to build electric circuits. And then they’re going to electrify their character. So they might make Harry Potter’s wand light up or Clifford’s tail wag,” said Woodsdale Library Media Specialist Sandra Wiseman.
“If you think about it, electricity powers everything, from the big circuits that power schools and homes to the small circuits inside your cell phones and media players. So it’s a natural fit for us,” added Allen Staggers, FirstEnergy External Affairs Manager.
Woodsdale Elementary was one of four winning schools in the northern part of the state.
Their project is designed for fourth grade classes.