Students were exploring STEAM through a mobile museum, learning about circuits as they navigated games, and visited other exhibits at Albert Einstein Academy in Valencia during the STEAM Assembly.
The all day experience was called the STEAM Academy. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
“It’s great that we can bring the kids these types of assemblies,” Principal Raffi Martinian said. “It includes our core identity so it’s about STEAM and understanding what that is with science, technology, engineering, arts and math, and about how all those subjects integrate in the classroom.”
“It’s fun, this is what I like doing. I taught elementary school and secondary school and physical sciences for 26 years,” said Paul DeCunzo or “Mr. D.,” an independent contractor with Mobile Ed Productions, Inc. “I know all the exhibits; I get to work with different gadgets and schools each day.”
Students rotated among different stations, learning about robotics, gears, 3D printers, and other technology.
One of the machines made music, generating sounds as students pressed levers and buttons. Another popular spot was the bike generation station, where kinetic energy lit up lights as they pedaled a bicycle.
“Even though they seem like toys, they’re learning how to build and design and create with things they use every day,” third grade teacher Drew Wright said. “They’re learning the science behind it and all the different aspects of STEAM.”