A focus on technology for some elementary school students is a signal to them that learning is gathering STEAM.
Sanders Memorial Elementary is Pasco County’s first magnet school. It focuses on technology, and teaching broad based curriculum through STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Early in the school year, some fifth graders are relishing the experience. Ten year old Jayden Otero has already created a website and video game with classmates.
Jayden’s team is known as “The Texperts”. They have sold five of the game they invented, called “Child’s Playhouse”.
“This school is more about technology, and it’s under the STEAM program,” said Jayden.
Sanders Elementary was originally built in 1948 but closed in 2010. Students moved to Connerton Elementary. Since then, there has been a $24 million makeover, and it is designed to give students a look at how systems work. For example, missing ceiling tiles show students electrical and duct work. They can also see pressure valves and thermostats through clear windows. In addition, kindergartners use iPads, and there are four flight simulators in the Center for Design and Innovation.