Schools stress engineering, technology education

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

"I think it’s important because it’s everywhere. Science is everywhere. Technology now is everywhere. Math is everywhere," she said. "Now at this level they get to plan. They get to analyze. They get to see what they did. They get to create on their own. I gave them some parameters. But my goal is to get them to say that they love science because some of them, when they first came in here, didn’t like science. Hopefully this will encourage some of them."

Father Greg Spencer said the STEM emphasis is good for the school.

"I think it’s very important for getting the children prepared for their future," he said. "All the things that STEM does have made them be better prepared for the job market. Hopefully this will give them the opportunity to evaluate what they did and to improve and to grow and learn."

Spencer taught a rocket-building camp last year that was well attended. Samantha Raffaela Perrien, a fourth-grader, attended and made her own rocket.

"When it goes as far as it can go, it splits open right here and a parachute comes out," she said, describing her rocket. "You really do have to use gun powder for it. It came with a kit to build it. One time it landed on the roof of the school."

She said she really enjoyed science and math.

"I feel it’s just meant to be," she said. "It sounds awesome to go up there in space. That would be an amazing thing to do." 

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