The 3rd, 4th, and 5th-graders of Trafford Elementary School are exploring science, technology, engineering, arts, and math concepts during a new before-school STEAM Club. The club meets one morning each month and has over 30 student participants.
Miss Aubrey Frye, a student learning assistant at the school, was granted funds by the Penn-Trafford Community Education Foundation to obtain twelve hands-on STEAM kits. The kits explore science topics like earthquakes, electricity, chain reactions, and a freshwater filter, and the students work collaboratively to solve each challenge. Along with Frye, school staff Mr. Tyler Lavelle, Miss Anna Steen, and Miss Shannon Tevis interact with the students to help them master the STEAM concepts.
“The students have had so much fun working together to explore science, math, and engineering concepts in an engaging way,” commented Frye. “We hope this club will further the students' interests in STEAM learning and problem-solving!”
4th-grader Kiley Burnett constructs a robot arm that can pick up different sized objects
4th-grader Emily Ross uses the robot arm to hold objects made of different materials
4th-graders Kiley Burnett, Talia Pecora, Gracie Beers, and Emily Ross work together to measure and build a robot arm
3rd-graders Penelope Jennings, Adelaide Crivellaro, and Emma Novak construct a roller coaster
Miss Frye helps 3rd-graders Matt Sanders, Caleb Faust, and Leo Pasquarelli build a marble ramp
5th-graders Joseph Raithel, Cruz Castaneda, and Jack Fry explore connecting circuits to create electricity
5th-graders Nia DiBernardo and Laney Rosenberry build a parachute that will allow items inside the basket to land slowly and gently