LOCKHART — Do you know how robots work? How circuits work? How to build an ecosystem? How about making a solar oven from a recycled pizza box?
Some students at Lockhart Schools learned about those things and more during STEM Week.
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It is an interdisciplinary and applied approach to the study of the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math reflecting the intertwined nature of those fields outside the classroom. The program involves hands-on, problem-based learning.
Eighth grade students at Lockhart School got to engage in some of that hands-on, problem-based learning during STEM Week which was held at the school recently.
The week included classes conducted by Katie Rishebarger from Science on the Move, who lead the students in a number of engaging educational activities. The activities the students engaged in included:
• Learning about the science of flight.
• Making a solar oven from a recycled pizza box.
• Studied robotics and built robots that they demonstrated for parents and other visitors at the school on STEM Night.
• Building an ecosystem.
• Learning how circuits work.
• Visiting the Spartanburg Science Center’s StarLab where they enjoyed vivid demonstrations of the night sky.
• Attended a reptile show by the Spartanburg Science Center during STEM Night.
According to its website Science on the Move is a statewide initiative from Clemson University and South Carolina 4-H.” The website describes it as “a mobile program that provides education resources that are designed to increase your students’ interest in and exposure to STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Through mobile kits filled with hands-on activities and lessons, this program has the ability to reach under served youth in rural and urban areas across the state.”