This school year, Rose Drive Elementary School created a Makerspace & STEM Club in order to expose upper grade students to the design thinking process and to practice hands-on learning focused on student centered inquiry. Fifth grade teacher, Mike Fredstrom, leads the club after school.
Students have had the opportunity to create an upcycled robot, a rocket, a paper bridge, and multiple podcast recordings, as well as learn about coding utilizing Spheros.
In addition, students were also able to interview a civil engineer and learn real world applications in constructing bridges.
“Our Makerspace lab is a great place where young students have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual and develop creative projects,” shared Kathleen Escaleras-Nappi, the school’s principal. “Roadrunners are makers, dreamers and thinkers, and we learn by doing!”