Last week, Abercorn International School announced the opening of its new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) room for elementary school-age students. “Typically, these areas of study receive more attention during the high school years or at college level,” the school announced in a press release. “But in our opinion, a deep level of inquiry, critical thinking skills and a collaborative approach to problem solving should be nurtured from a young age.”
The STEM room provides a specialized resource area, with dedicated materials, equipment and technology to support learning in these areas. The room includes an energy corner, in which the school’s energy consumption–provided by solar panels on the roof–can be viewed live on an energy monitor screen and studied in a range of ways. The room also houses a 3D printer for students to further their understanding of design and engineering. There are tools for carpentry and two woodworking benches, science equipment for experiments and investigations, an interactive SMART© Board and a selection of books specifically related to STEM themes in the school’s curriculum.