STEM programs started at Highland Elementary through Washington County Extension

Riverside ? ESO, the Highland Community School District Elementary Support Organization has partnered with the Washington County Extension Office to start two new programs for community betterment. STEM program will help encourage school-aged children to explore the sciences and technologies.

The program is underway, and community volunteers have attended to help the kids with the STEM activities. Todd Chamberlain, director of technology at MediRevv, said, ?Continuous improvement and agile methodologies aren?t just applicable for development anymore. The more we can do as a community to promote curiosity and lifelong learning, the better we all will be.?

Activities include watching videos on space travel and information about pioneers in the STEM field. The participants were able to pick a planet, and design the ideal rocket ship to take that planet which encourages creative thinking and promotes education about outer space.

The program started in March and runs again in April. The curriculum for the STEM program is decided by the Extension Office. Heather Haas, lead teacher, runs the STEM program after school until 5pm, three days out of the month. Cost is $10 per child to cover materials and snack. Due to space restrictions only 20 students were permitted to participate this year. With the help of the Riverside Area Community Club the program will be continued next year in the spring.

ESO President Maria Meller is actively organizing a Highland STEM committee to promote more activities and encourage interest in science and technologies throughout the year across the entire Highland Community School District. Ideally, with more parent involvement there will be a fall STEM night with vendors and activities.