Learning was front and center at the Institute over winter break. Advanced learning staff facilitated two camps for students in grades three – eight; Santa’s STEM Challenge and Coding the New Year. All learning activities focused on STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and were holiday themed.
Some of the activities included making gingerbread slime, making fake snow using diapers, constructing snow globes and coding ornaments, and learning simple circuitry to make a Christmas card. One of the two camps incorporated coding, which makes it possible for people to create computer software, apps, and websites. Computers follow a list of “instructions” developed by a coder or computer programmer.
“It’s important to keep students actively engaged in learning while out of school. Students are learning how science, technology, engineering, and math are involved with everyday topics and tasks,” said Dana Silicki, IALR Advanced Learning Program Coordinator.
Photo: Honor Ford, Jacob Davis, Elliot Kruggel, and Emma Kruggel (left to right) make fake snow using water, polymers and diapers. The fake snow is non-toxic, feels cool to the touch, lasts for days, and looks similar to the real thing.