The last two weeks of school for first- through fourth-grade students at Centennial Lane Elementary School in Ellicott City, MD, was full of fun, innovation, and “learning with their hands.” An article in the Baltimore Sun showed students embracing STEM learning while they built planes, cars, and boats.
Principal Brad Herling finds “kids are more engaged, and sometimes more successful ... They can see the vision — they can look at a block of Styrofoam and see a race car in there.”
Recent research looked at students who engaged in hands-on science activities at least once or twice a week. The NAEP results revealed these students may learn much more than their peers do.
"It's cool because we get to build our own boat and watch it do something," said Piper Berry, a fourth-grader at Centennial Lane Elementary.
As Piper says, STEM is cool!