Hands-on museum helps UCS elementary students pick up STEAM
Hands-on museum helps UCS elementary students pick up STEAM
Posted on 05/20/2019
Students working together to try and build an arch using blocksDeKeyser elementary students recently experienced the fun of a field trip to a hands-on science museum without ever leaving comfort of their school.

The school had Mobile Productions bring its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Museum to its gym to give students an opportunity to experience some of the concepts they are learning in their classroom. 

“The museum promotes critical thinking, increases the science literacy of our students and helps create the next generation of innovators,” principal Mary Beth Merlo said. “Students are allowed to explore at their own pace, so they can spend more time at learning stations that interested them.”

The program was funded through a $2,000 grant from the UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence, a non-profit group of volunteers who raise funds to support classroom innovation  and student scholarships.

DeKeyser students had ten hands-on stations to explore through the museum. 

Stations included "The Arch," where students used engineering skills to build a structure out of blocks. Another favorite was “Bop A Light," which showed how art and design were important concepts for gaming. 

While students had fun at the different activities, the ultimate goal of learning was not lost on them.

“Science is cool because you never know what you are going to discover,” said second grader Trey Hallam.