STEM subjects can be fun when a new STEM Academy fosters a hands on approach to math and science.
Recently, at New Jersey’s Bear Tavern Elementary, fourth graders where scattered across the rooms, building the strongest bridges they could imagine out of odds and ends.
They brainstormed in teams about bridge design that would hold the most weight without breaking. They planned and brought those plans to life with index cards, popsicle sticks, straws, and string.
This is what it looks like at Hopewell Valley Regional School District’s STEM Academy, where the magnet program is integrating math and science with collaborative learning, hands on experiences, and encouraging critical thinking and creativity.
“In a normal class, you could be talking about bridges and the forces that act upon it, but in STEM, you actually test how the forces act upon a bridge, which is exactly what we’re doing now,” said Alex Profit, 9, who wants to be an inventor when he grows up.