The ability to put science, technology, engineering, and math into the hands of children is the reason that young students are exploring STEM in a lab at their elementary school.
At Schmitt Elementary School, a STEM lab was created three years ago, serving 690 students in 29 classes each week, according to principal Brett Boezeman.
Schmitt’s new STEM lab teacher, Debra Griffin, is a former Cummins engineer who became an entrepreneur. She offers activities through the Curiosity Machine, a website that provides engineering design projects. The website was developed by Iridescent, a non-profit organization.
“I think the benefits are amazing because exposing the kids at an elementary level to science, technology, engineering and math can have life-changing benefits,” Griffin said. “You’re exposing them to terms and thought processes that they wouldn’t be exposed to at this age, so I think through this, you can change lives.”