FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Union Elementary School District's After School Program brought STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and math – to life for students at Fallbrook STEM Academy and Maie Ellis Elementary School Friday, Jan. 6. This program turned Maie Ellis Elementary cafeteria into a state-of-the-art, hands-on children's museum focused on STEAM education.
Stations students experienced included robots, virtual reality, 3D printing, art, engineering and more. Students were encouraged to explore the museum at their own pace and manage their time between exhibits that appealed to their interests. Mobile Education presenters, FUESD After School staff and Boys & Girls Club staff helped facilitate this event.
In the Virtual Reality Expedition, students use advanced VR headsets to experience a realistic and immersive journey through the solar system, prehistoric eras and significant landmarks. The Buzz Wire activity is a classic science museum exhibit. Students must keep their hands steady as they attempt to pass a loop over a wire bent with increasingly tricky twists and turns. If a student touches the loop to the wire, they'll complete the circuit, it will beep and they'll have to start all over again. The Buzz Wire is a fun way to learn about basic circuitry and principles of electricity.
In the station with microscopes, students used state-of-the-art digital microscopes to experience the science around them in a way they had never seen before. This experience provided students with a new close-up perspective when using the powerful magnifying lens.
FUESD After School's mission is to provide a safe, positive environment that will nurture academic achievement and offer enrichment opportunities for our students through art, music and STEAM. FUESD After School will offer STEAM Family Nights at all elementary schools during the next few months in coordination with the Boys & Girls Club of North County.
Submitted by Fallbrook Union Elementary School District.