“I want our kids to believe that a STEM career is within their reach.”
–Owen Goard, 5th Grade Teacher, Lake Forest Elementary School SSEF STEM Club Co-Coordinator
Sandy Springs Education Force encourages students at all 11 of our Sandy Springs public schools to focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) by offering engaging, valuable and exciting enrichment opportunities. Lake Forest Elementary School’s STEM club, supported by an SSEF STEAM Legacy Grant, implements this philosophy with their 3rd through 5th graders by enhancing their understanding of the Next Generation Science Curriculum.
The club, which meets once a week, provides students opportunities to enrich their studies via science experiments, community involvement through the Fulton County Adopt-a-Stream Program, guest speakers and community leader lectures and school-based projects focused on STEM topics. “The Club provides a positive, learning centered after-school activity by focusing on encouraging student interest in STEM skills and careers. It also enhances student science performance,” explains SSEF club Champion, Renee Hoelting.
It’s a hit with students, too. Gabriel, one participant, exclaimed, “STEM club is the best part of the week. It’s my third year in STEM. I’m going to miss it next year (when I go to middle school).” Logan agreed, “We’ve learned lots of cool science stuff in STEM club. It’s so much fun!” Ms. Cleveland, the club’s co-coordinator, summed up one of SSEF’s major goals for these STEAM Legacy Grants when she noted, “ “I hope we’re inspiring students to explore science at Lake Forest.”
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