After-school STEM: Bringing Out The Inner Inventor

How can you design and build a structure that can withstand a natural disaster?

Students in Warren City Schools’ After-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) explored various ideas and options during a recent activity.

It is among several challenges 5th- and 7th-grade students in the district’s four PK-8 Schools – Lincoln, McGuffey, Jefferson and Willard – have worked to resolve. WCS partnered with the National Inventors Hall of Fame to provide identified programming in the area of STEM.

The program provides opportunities for students to learn the business of innovation, from prototype to product launch; turn ideas into inventions; and discover how to bring those inventions to market, while honing key skills like collaboration, self-expression and entrepreneurship.

“They develop real-world skills while learning to work creatively and collaboratively,” explained Annamarie Buonavolonta, instructor. “Each challenge gets them thinking. They see the challenge or problem and then work together to solve it.”

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