Optimist: Donation to STEAM Club

Pictured (l-r) Optimist Vice President Sarah Morast, STEAM Advisor Jessica Sanden and Optimist President Carol Foth.

STEAM programs across the country encourage students of all ages to find their passions and grow their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Kids at Washington and Jefferson Elementary in Valley City have the opportunity to be part of a STEAM club of their own, an After School program where 2nd and 3rd graders at Jefferson and 4th-6th graders at Washington participate in Science Fairs and other activities.

STEAM Advisor Jessica Sanden uses Student Centered learning in the After School Program, giving the students a degree of ownership in their education.

“Students learn the material based on their learning style,” Sanden says. “They then showcase what they’ve learned with a project of their choosing. Once they’re finished with their project, they teach what they learned to their peers or another type of audience.”

As she and 6th grade teacher Jimmy Howard utilize Student Centered Learning in their classrooms, it’s become clear that students find joy and success in the learning style.

Read the full story in your Monday, February 3rd Times-Record. Purchase a paper copy at the TR office or an electronic edition online at www.times-online.com

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