11/30/2017 3:13 PM

Sixth grade students at Patriot Elementary had a blast participating in the pilot STEAM Enrichment Day. This cross-curriculum day of learning was a celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. All projects are hands-on, giving students the chance to explore, problem solve, and flex their creativity.

Students spent the school day moving through ten stations including coding, video game design, micro processing, and robots. At a 3D printing station, students learned a CAD (Computer Aided Design) program to create the designs for their nametags. Students designed and built their own rockets, which were filled with paint and water to create colorful art when launched. These stations gave students a taste of the technology opportunities they may have in middle school and high school.

HAL teacher Ms. Laurie Little coordinated the event. The students were led at each station by Ms. Little, their 6th grade teachers, school media specialist Ms. Tina LaMontagne, parent volunteers, and Ms. Anna Eckhoff, founder of Papillion’s new learning space Collaboratory.

Funding from Papillion La Vista Schools Foundation Teacher Grants including Ms. Little’s “HAL Generation Z Zoomers” and Ms. Tina LaMontagne’s “Library Makerspace” purchased supplies and equipment needed for each station. Ms. Little plans to take STEAM Enrichment Day to all Papillion La Vista Community Schools elementary schools.

Take a look at a some photos from the fun day:

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