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Full STEAM ahead at Southern Elementary


Southern Elementary School has an exciting new learning opportunity for students.  The school is offering a new enrichment class called STEAM, focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  Through a valuable partnership with the Kentucky Science Center and generous support from Toyota, Southern is one of only two schools in the state to receive a STEAM cart filled with supplies, resources, and curriculum to kick off this innovative program.

"I am so grateful to be a part of this partnership with the Kentucky Science Center and Toyota to bring STEAM lessons and activities to our students at Southern,” said STEAM teacher Lindsey Ballard.  “Teaching this generation of students STEAM concepts helps prepare them for their futures at the middle school, high school, college level, and beyond.”

According to Ballard, STEAM concepts teach the students how to collaborate with others, solve problems, and connect to the real world.  These are skills and experiences that every student should get to have to prepare them for continued education and ensure career readiness.  

“My students and I are so excited to see what all we can learn while having the STEAM cart with us!"

The STEAM cart will remain at Southern for six months, time enough to explore 25 activities, lessons, and hands-on experiences like oz bots, coding, and building bridges.  Students demonstrated these particular activities for guests from the Kentucky Science Center and Toyota this week as a kick off to this exciting initiative.

All lessons are aligned to learning standards and the on-going partnership with KSC will bring additional resources to Southern in the future.  Plus, they are tons of fun!

“It didn’t go so well for us the first time,” said fourth grade student Jonathan Hubert, in reference to the bridge building activity.  Our base wasn’t strong enough so we had to reinforce it.”

This lesson was as much about communication, teamwork, and problem solving as it was about physics.  Students were persistent in their efforts to get it right.

Strong community partnerships and innovative learning opportunities mean it is full STEAM ahead for the students at Southern Elementary School!



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