STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) is one of the great curricular activities being offered both during the school day (STEM electives through Project Lead the Way) and after school at Oakdale. These programs have been in place for the past 5 years and students are able to learn coding, robotics, lego building, weather activities and the list goes on. All of these programs incorporate all areas of STEM/STEAM.
Over the last 5 years, our Oakdale students have had opportunities to participate in hands-on activities from coding (technology) to a continuation of the afterschool programs offered in earth science, physical science, math/measurement and art classes. All of these programs incorporate all areas of STEM. The technology focus can be the use of any tool that helps in problem solving and thinking outside the box. Technology is more than just the use of computers. We invite any parent and/or corporation that might be interested in volunteering their time and/or knowledge/expertise to this wonderful program to contact Paula Parrott at Oakdale. We are always searching challenging opportunities to enrich our students and we are open to funding/grant opportunities as well. We are open to ideas and additional resources to help implement these programs.
Susan Wray and Kasey Hare are the teachers that have initiated Oakdale’s after-school program and have taken advantage of many training opportunities. Carolyn Morrison, Cindy Parish and Lisa Pitts will also be included in the teaching of our after-school STEM classes this year. Amy Willhoite teaches our elective STEM classes for our middle school students and Lisa Pitts and Stacey Hensley teach STEM to elementary students.
We look forward to a great year and appreciate the support of our parents. The students have benefited greatly from these activities and had a lot of fun in the process.
Job well done teachers and parents!