A lunchtime STEM lab is serving up technology and robotics along with sandwiches at one junior high school.

Scooping Out Success With a Winning DesignAt Woodcrest Junior High in Ontario, California, the popular lunchtime activity attracts up to 30 kids at a time. They range from special education to honors students.

“The kids have an opportunity to come in and explore, experiment, hang out with friends, have a safe environment to play with engineering,” said instructional coach Lisa Lista.  She is one of the two women behind the school’s lunchtime STEM lab.

Lista’s partner commented on the popularity of the activity.

“There are times when this classroom is so filled that we need to get help from other teachers,” said instructional coach  Sarai Padilla.

“It’s a safe place for everybody to come to,” Padilla continued. “You don’t have to have any engineering experience at all. They just come in and say ‘What’s this about?’ and are curious.”

Students have built Lego Mindstorms robots, HyperDuino computer components and littleBits modular electronics.

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