Knotts Island school adds STEM lab


From staff reports

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Knotts Island Elementary School is ready to take students to a higher level of STEM experience by creating a STEM lab and collaborative learning room. The school is working in community partnership with The Friends of Mackay Island Foundation, which has provided the startup funds for the endeavor.

“Knotts Island Elementary recognizes the importance of providing students with a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills. Innovation in these areas drives the economy,” states a school district news release.

The school’s teachers and staff are working together to develop student interest items in STEM areas. The school is incorporating inquiry based learning, cross curricular project based learning units, and STEM challenge activities.

The vision for the Friends of Mackay Island STEM Lab is to provide hands-on experiences in video production, robotics, along with natural and physical sciences. The startup funds will provide collaborative furniture and storage cabinets; the LEGOs robotics and design area; and discovery science materials for hands on learning experiences. Materials will be included for all grade levels to dig deeper into STEM learning.

“The school will continue to seek community partnerships and grants to help the school expand and sustain the STEM Lab for current and future students,” the news release states.