STEAMs afterschool program

Afterschool students learn engineering skills

Nearly 150 students put their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills to the test by constructing vehicles, bridges and robots after school hours.

Students in grades 4 to 6 at Mount Carmel Area and Shamokin Area school districts and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School are participating in STEM activities through the STEAMS (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) afterschool programs.

“By participating in hands-on STEM activities,
 students learned important problem-solving and teamwork skills,” said Yvette Beaumont, STEAMS afterschool program operations coordinator. 

Students at Mount Carmel Elementary School designed vehicles using K’Nex pieces, then competed to determine which vehicle would cover the most distance in the shortest amount time.

After Shamokin Area Elementary School students learned about the types and uses of bridges, they used toothpicks and marshmallows to construct prototypes of their own designs. A competition was held to test strength, and the winning bridge supported a total weight of 4.48 pounds.

Lourdes Regional students learned about motor efficiency and built robotic bridge-builders, vending machines and automated racecars using Legos® and programming devices, such as the Lego NXT brick.

STEAMS afterschool programming parallels each school’s curriculum, and staff provide enrichment activities and homework help. Programs are available for students in grades 4 to 12 in Mount Carmel Area and Shamokin Area school districts. A program is available for students who attend Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School and reside in Mount Carmel Area or Shamokin Area school districts.

STEAMS is administered by the CSIU and is a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The programs run Monday through Thursday after school until 6 p.m., and snacks and transportation are provided.

For more information about the program in Mount Carmel, contact Mike Tanney at 570-246-9321. To learn more about the Shamokin afterschool program, call Earnest Hamil at 570-336-4114. Contact Yvette Beaumont at 570-246-9425 for information about the program at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School.

Photo captions (from top to bottom): Shamokin Area students observe the strength of a bridge being tested. Mount Carmel Area students Jacob Zarski and Rileigh Nowroski are shown holding the K’Nex vehicle they designed and built. Students at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School display their motorized Lego® creations.