Castlio STEM Day

Posted on 03/01/2019
Castlio students use an iPad to work with a robot


STEM night at Castlio Elementary was a great annual tradition – until this year. It didn’t go away, it just shed its nocturnal cloak and stepped into the light of day. “Traditionally in years past we did a STEM night,” said Principal Tim Scholle. “But this year we put a new spin on it because we wanted to give every K-5 student that opportunity to have the experience of those hands-on activities.” And every student did, at stations that ranged from coding Sphero robots to creating simple circuit boards.

students works on a computer at STEM EventAristotle said, “Teaching is the highest form of understanding.” While there was plenty of fun to be had, students were doing a lot of learning – and also a lot of teaching. “It’s great because we get to show the younger kids what science can really do, and show them how the world works,” said fourth grader Aidan L, already wise beyond his years. “I think kids are sometimes surprised about the technology that the world has, and how things have really changed in the past couple of years.”

District Technology Content Leader April Burton was sitting cross-legged on the gym floor, facilitating one of the coding stations. She had the pleasure of seeing the collaboration first-hand. “It’s really awesome to watch them work together and critically think through problems that maybe they’ve never faced before.”

Castlio students participate in STEM activityFor students like third grader Zoey V, STEM is the best of both worlds. “Well, we get to learn while having fun. Like robots that we can code them and get them to do some things that we want them to do. It’s really fun! We also sometimes call it STEAM,” she said while contemplating future career choices. “But my absolute favorite is math. I kind of want to be a scientist in multiple things. Chemistry, astronomy, cryptology, and a few other things!”

“Our students love it,” said Scholle, when summing up the event. “Our kindergartners were in there first thing this morning, and when they left they were like ‘Oh my goodness, this was so fun.’ They were 100 percent engaged in what was going on. It was really fun to see the smiles on the kids’ faces and how excited they were to be a part of those activities.”

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