Blowing off a little STEAM

Students experience a mix of arts, technology

Warren Street Elementary School children rotate through a series of attractions during Mobile Ed’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Museum Monday at the school in Johnstown. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN — The Warren Street Elementary School gymnasium was recently transformed into a children’s museum on Monday, according to a news release.

Students had the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities through Mobile Ed’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Museum. By rotating through a dozen stations, students programmed robots, saw a 3D printer at work, built an ancient Roman arch through teamwork, and powered a light bulb by riding a bicycle.

STEAM education is a nationwide initiative that is aimed at creating critical thinkers, increasing science literacy, and enabling the next generation of innovators. Students were encouraged to explore the museum at their own pace and manage their time between stations that appealed to their individual interests. Adult supervision — from the Mobile Ed presenter A.J. Kohn and parent volunteers — was present at some of the stations to focus the students and to positively enhance the experience with small group instruction.

Students also were able to see a cutting-edge humanoid robot in action. The NAO robot kicked off each visit to the STEAM Museum, introducing himself and his range of human-like abilities. NAO ended each session with a group workout/dance.

“Special thanks to the Connelie family, the Johnstown Elementary Teachers Association, Benjamin Moore, and the parent volunteers for making this unique opportunity possible for our students,” said Nikki Lent, Warren Street principal.

“Our students were super excited and engaged during this experience all while working on their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.”