Through donations to the Madeira Schools Foundation, Madeira Elementary School has a brand new space where students are provided innovative experiences that help them work through problems and master skills together. The MES STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Lab is new for the 2019-2020 school year. Before the school year started, MES staff members Melissa Fleming and Stephanie Welt worked with MES Principal Chris Flanagan and a group of parents to reorganize portions of the school’s computer room and media center into a new STEAM lab. By the first day of school, there were colorful areas for students to freely engage in project-based learning experiences that highlight the 5Cs - collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and citizenship.
Items in the three-room lab include Spheros circular robots that can be programmed using an iPad. Ozobot robots that teach coding using a series of color combinations are also part of the fun. Students have access to a Lulzbot 3D printer they can use to create 3D designs using Tinkercad. Snap Circuits is a popular station that provides students with hands-on experience designing and building models of working electrical circuits by using. A new Cricut machine has also been used to create STEAM T-shirts designed by one of the school’s third-grade students. There is also a green room where the school's WKID announcements are filmed.
The MES Steam Lab was made possible through a generous donation to the Madeira Schools Foundation from Jay and Mary Ann Adrick, who have strong ties with and Madeira City Schools. “Our daughters went through the Madeira school system and did very well. Mary Ann and I are former educators, Melissa teaches math and science, Susie teaches physics and environmental science, and Jon teaches math,“ Jay said. “This is a way for us to give back and help other Madeira students enjoy the same success.” The MES PTO also contributed funds to get the STEAM Lab up and running by the first day of school. “STEAM is a place where all kids can feel successful,” stated Melissa Fleming. Proof of how successful that can be came when Fleming overheard a student say, "I can't wait to get home so I can do so more STEAM."
For a sample of what happens in the STEAM Lab see Full STEAM Ahead!!
Pictured below: During a recent tour of the MES STEAM Lab, fourth-grader Norah Kellet models eyeglasses for Jay and Mary Ann Adrick that she made on the 3D printer.