Richneck STEM Academy 2017

Richneck STEM Academy 2017


This school year, Richneck Elementary opened
the doors to their STEM Academy. The afterschool club is designed to enrich
students’ knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on activities. Assistant Principal Cheryl Andrews designed
the Academy after working as an administrator with the NNPS Summer Program for Arts, Recreation
and Knowledge, or SPARK. Twice a month, select students from 3rd, 4th,
and 5th grades meet after school for a range of engaging activities, from designing and
building creative shipping containers to keep Pringles from breaking, to coding with robotics. Teachers also stay after school to guide students
through the activities, which reinforce concepts learned in the classroom while exploring additional
instructional methods. Each activity is designed to promote collaborative
learning, strengthen abilities to work in team settings, and encourage the young engineers
and scientists to hone their critical thinking skills. These activities and challenges prompt students
to adapt to each situation, searching for creative and innovative solutions. And with these students displaying a strong
desire to continue learning and creating, even after a full day of school, Andrews is
hoping to expand Richneck’s STEM Academy next year to allow more students to thrive
in the fun and rigorous learning environment.

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