St. Mary Magdalen parents club has brought an after school Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program to our school. This opportunity is currently available to twenty, 4th grade students but we hope to expand its reach in the future.
This after school program was developed by Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS) and Boeing Corporation. Boeing volunteers, mostly engineers, work with students on a number of science based projects. These projects stimulate students’ creative thinking, active learning and social interaction. It also empowers students to develop their own ideas to solve problems, develop team skills and inspire curiosity in human-science-technology fields. It might also inspire them to pursue a career in a STEM field.
This is an incredible opportunity for our students. They will be exposed to the engineering design process and will be challenged to use critical thinking skills to work through projects that demand the integration of math and science knowledge. Active learning is happening here! Team building and public speaking skills are other valuable benefits to this program.
There are opportunities for our engineering parents to participate by volunteering. Training is provided for parents assisting in this program. We also have a teacher who works with this group.
Students participating in the STEM program meet one hour a week for 6 weeks. They work through a booklet provided by the organization, Engineering is Elementary or EIE. All materials can be found at www.eie.org.
A BIG thank you to all who helped get this wonderful program started at SMM.