In­ter­ac­tive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents

Trav­el­ing STEAM Mu­seum pro­vides in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to stu­dents

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE -

West­town-Thorn­bury El­e­men­tary School’s 2016-17 theme is “Full STEAM Ahead” – and the theme was put into mo­tion be­gin­ning on the first day of school.

STEAM is a global, ed­u­ca­tional ap­proach to learn­ing that in­te­grates Science, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing, Art, and Math into the class­room, help­ing to cre­ate crit­i­cal thinkers and en­able the next gen­er­a­tion of in­no­va­tors.

The “Full STEAM Ahead” theme, which was cre­ated by West­town-Thorn­bury El­e­men­tary School with stu­dents, teach­ers, and par­ents in mind, is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the work be­ing done to­ward the shared vi­sion of West­town-Thorn­bury be­com­ing a model 21st cen­tury teach­ing and learn­ing school.

In con­junc­tion with this year’s theme, the shared vi­sion, and as­so­ci­ated ini­tia­tives, the school and its Par­ent-Teacher Or­ga­ni­za­tion (PTO) in­vited Mo­bile Ed’s STEAM Mu­seum to set up shop in their gym­na­sium. Stu­dents were in­vited by grade level to par­tic­i­pate in the in­ter­ac­tive, hand­son learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on Oct. 10.

The STEAM Mu­seum ex­pe­ri­ence opened with NAO, a hu­manoid ro­bot, who came to life and in­ter­acted with the stu­dents, cre­at­ing quite a mem­o­rable mo­ment for ev­ery­one in the room.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

A West­town-Thorn­bury El­e­men­tary School stu­dent in­ter­acts with a plasma sphere. Plasma, the fourth state of mat­ter, are en­er­gized gases – and stu­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to safely touch the plasma sphere while ob­serv­ing the elec­tri­fy­ing re­sults.

West­town-Thorn­bury El­e­men­tary School’s STEAM Mu­seum ex­pe­ri­ence opened with NAO, a hu­manoid ro­bot, who came to life and in­ter­acted with the stu­dents, cre­at­ing quite a mem­o­rable mo­ment for ev­ery­one in the room.

Stu­dents put their po­ten­tial en­ergy to use by con­vert­ing it into ki­netic en­ergy – they hopped on a sta­tion­ary bike and ped­aled as fast as they could to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity, which in turn lit up lights con­nected to the bike.

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