TULSA, Okla. — Making science fun.
Kendall-Whittier Elementary School students played catch with a robot made by the Memorial High School Robotics Team. They also watched Fab Lab Tulsa's 3D printer write their names on a pencil Wednesday night.
The school put on a “STEAM” night, which stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math.
The "Stem Squad," which is made up of students at the school, was on hand to teach everyone what they’ve learned.
“I like doing hot wiring," said Ethan, a sixth-grade student and member of the Stem Squad. "One project we had to hot wire, and one project we had to solder. So, I like doing mechanical work.”
“I learned how to measure twice, cut once so that we don’t mess up all the time," said Hadessah, also a sixth-grade student and member of the Stem Squad.
The students also got to play with and show off the two large connect four games they created using a 3D printer.
“We had to use this little wood-cutter thing," said Mycah, a sixth-grade student and member of the Stem Squad. "So, we cut the whole thing. Me and my friends stayed over to finish it.”
Students also learned how to make circuit boards.
Teachers say getting their students started in STEAM at an early age will help them with their futures.
“The earlier we can get them hooked and actually get them to where they’re critically thinking," said Rita Ballew, the sixth-grade science teacher at Kendall-Whittier. "And that’s what they need to be able to do to become, you know, members of society and be productive is to think critically.”
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