Oak Mountain Elementary School students are now enjoying a new state-of-the-art STEM Innovation Station thanks to a $78,159 Toolbox for Education grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.
The Innovation Station has a full-scale kitchen with both large and small appliances, multiple types of robotics, Legos/maker space activities, a Chromebook cart, 3-D printers, OSMO coding system to be used on iPads and an interactive whiteboard which will be used to meet the STEM standards.
“While we have almost completed the lab, we still have a few finishing touches to make, including a new mural for the Innovation Station,” said Principal Debbie Horton. “We also have a little bit of money left to spend.”
Horton said teachers have been trained on the various technology that was purchased for the Innovation Station. Teachers are currently using a schedule to take their classes to the new STEM lab regularly to utilize the various components of the lab to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards.
“In the kitchen area they will be able to complete science standards with experiments, math standards of measurement by baking, following the directions of a recipe and so much more,” said Horton. “They will be able to create, problem-solve, and design structures with Legos. Technologies that will be utilized in the Innovation Station are Bee-Bots, Osmos and Spheros, Dash and Dot to name a few. Students can code using Chromebooks and iPads. The possibilities for creating, designing, implementing the engineering standards and delving deeper into science and math standards are unlimited. We hope to really open up the opportunities for students to see how fun Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics can be!”