This week, we are featuring S.T.E.A.M. STATION. This is Washington Street Elementary‘s program that was funded through the Elevate Toms River Principals’ Innovation Challenge!
BY: KELLY KERNASOVIC
PRINCIPAL, WASHINGTON STREET ELEMENTARY
Washington Street Elementary School’s (WSS) S.T.E.A.M. STATION is up and running. Our kindergarten through fifth grade students have been engaging in all sorts of fun activities relating to Science, Technology, Engineering, Fine Arts, and Math. Students have been given the opportunity to explore and investigate all the materials that were provided by the Grunin Grant. Using materials such as K’Nex, Legos, Magic Connecting Blocks, Playstix, and Magna Tile has encouraged students to create and re-create whatever their mind can imagine. As WSS embraces the Maker Mindset, we enforce the concept that there are no limits to what you can do!
The highlight of the WSS S.T.E.A.M. STATION is the interactive smartboard that was purchased as part of the Grunin Grant. Using the interactive whiteboard, our students have the opportunity to share their work with classmates to help get feedback on their plans and encourage them to improve their designs. Using the whiteboard, students can also interact with students from all over the world using Google Hangout.
March 24th is New Jersey Maker Day, and the S.T.E.A.M. STATION will be the center of our Special Events Day. Mrs. Seitz’s fourth-grade class will be working together with Dr. Natanagara to create Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Goggles. Students will be creating these VR Goggles from a simple piece of cardboard, lenses and some glue. Using their goggles, students will then be able to take virtual reality field trips all over the world using Google Expedition.
Work never ends at the WSS S.T.E.A.M. STATION. Soon we will be building shelving units that will help place all the materials funded by the Grunin Grant at student’s fingertips. There will also be a suggestion board where students can write ideas for new materials they would like added to our S.T.E.A.M. STATION making this a true student centered environment.