Schools stress engineering, technology education

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 04:01 PM.

McCall’s station partner, Dezorae Maudlin, said the students get hands-on experience in the STEM lab.

"Usually in our normal classes, we don’t get to use hands-on experience as much, and we normally have to sit down and write what we do," Maudlin said. "Here we can actually make a project of it. It’s fun and you learn something while you also do something and your more likely not to do in another class."

Daisy Anderson was designing electrical circuitry in the lab.

"I like it because it shows you stuff that we haven’t done before that is available for middle school to use and it’s really fun," she said. "It can show us how to do hands-on, minds-on stuff. It shows us how you can actually make the stuff and shows us how things work, like material science and electricity."

Katie Murphy called it one of her favorite classes.

"You get to build stuff," she said. "You learn more from it and it helps you get good careers because you have already seen what happens when you were a kid and you kind of know a little bit about it."

At Annunciation Catholic School, students are being exposed to the same STEM basics. The whole school recently went outside to see rockets made by sixth-graders tested on the playground.

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