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Over 400 kindergarten through fifth grade students at High Point Elementary were able to board the Texas Mobile STEM Lab where they are able to work cooperatively with other students to design a STEM project activity developed by Learning Undefeated, with support from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Students were read the story of the Three Little Pigs told from the perspective of the “Big Bad Wolf.” Instructors Katie Askelson and Desurae Matthews challenged the students to design and construct a home that could withstand the powerful sneeze of the wolf.
Mobile STEM lab gives Navasota elementary students opportunity to apply science and math to real-life challenges
First graders Ramon Martinez and Susie Pate both said their favorite part was creating homes, both of which fell the first time. Pate, who said she is interested in all types of science, said she learned that working together as a team is better.
There is a push in Texas and throughout the United States, Aguilar said, to use hands-on activities to encourage science and STEM education and to do so at an earlier age. “I feel like starting them off young, especially at first grade, kindergarten level is essential, so they could have those skills as they go throughout their schooling, and hopefully, will lead into going to college,” he said. “I feel like it’s a good opportunity that could project or have a major difference in their life, and especially in the occasion they do go on to pursue a higher education as well.”
Our very own Jennifer Colvin sat down with the #IamBIO podcast to discuss the important work of our mobile labs and how our students conquered COVID and adapted to a new STEM education environment.
“STEM is all about solving problems,” said Karrin Felton, program manager of the Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program, to a virtual audience of aspiring biotechnologists. “STEM brings people together from disparate backgrounds who have different ideas. This opposition is how we work things out.”