The Warren Street Elementary School gymnasium was essentially transformed into a state-of-the-art children’s museum on Monday. Students had the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities through Mobile Ed’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Museum. By rotating between a dozen stations, students programmed robots, saw a 3D printer at work, built an ancient Roman arch through teamwork, and even powered a light bulb by riding a bicycle – just to name a few of the activities.
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education is a nationwide initiative that creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Students were encouraged to explore the museum at their own pace and manage their time between stations that appealed to their individual interests. Adult supervision was provided by Mobile Ed presenter A.J. Kohn, and parent volunteers were present at some of the stations to focus the students and to positively enhance the experience with small group instruction.
Students were also able to see a cutting-edge humanoid robot in action. The NAO robot kicked off each visit to the STEAM Museum, introducing himself and his wide-range of human-like abilities. NAO ended each session with a group workout/dance.
“Special thanks to The Connelie family, JEPTA, Benjamin Moore, and all the parent volunteers for making this unique opportunity possible for our students,” said Mrs. Nikki Lent, Warren Street principal. “Our students were super excited and engaged during this experience, all while working on their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.”