Prairieville Primary and Spanish Lake Primary Pilot New STEAM Clubs
**Note: This is the first of a series of STEM/STEAM stories from Ascension Public Schools.**
Prairieville, La. – Ascension Public Schools are making a concerted effort to integrate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activities into the curriculum. Prairieville Primary and Spanish Lake Primary are piloting a new program this year that breaks up students into STEAM Clubs on select Friday afternoons during school hours throughout the year.
"It is part of our focus on increasing creative and practical thinking for students through the use of STEAM activities integrated into our school program. This is in conjunction with the 21st Century Schools initiative, which promotes critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity," said Prairieville Primary Principal Carol Smith.
At Prairieville Primary, the first STEAM activities were held during Enrichment Day on Sept. 26. The 18 different activities across kindergarten through fifth grades included art, legos, science, cooking, forensics and robotics.
"STEAM education and STEAM clubs are highly engaging because students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on, inquiry based learning activities that are related to real world topics. The reason we chose to incorporate our STEAM education clubs was because we wanted it to be driven by the students’ interest and so we could reach every student on our campus. Many times these types of clubs are only offered after school or by outside organizations, and often for a fee. We wanted all of our students to have the opportunity to participate during the school day," said Spanish Lake Primary Principal Brit Colon, who also sponsors the BMX Club (pictured below).
Spanish Lake Primary's STEAM Clubs met on Sept. 4 and Sept. 18. The 18 clubs that are sponsored by teachers and community volunteers include the following:
"With only two club meetings behind us, we have already seen students enjoy success in an area they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to participate in without the clubs," said Principal Colon.
The next STEAM meetings at Spanish Lake Primary will be today, Oct. 9, and on Oct. 23 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
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