Keystone believes that programs promoting STEM in elementary school are invaluable. As supporters of future scientists and engineers, Keystone donated funds necessary to establish a STEM classroom for 1st and 2nd grade students at St. Andrew the Apostle School in New Orleans, LA.
The students learned to apply principles like the scientific method and engineering design cycle to complete tasks designed to be fun and pique interest. Some examples include determining the best way to get rid of a gummy bear without eating it, building towers and ramps to achieve the highest velocity, and gathering meteorological data to compare weather activity now to what it was during WWII as part of the National WWII Museum’s Citizen Scientist project.
Erin Sarrat, STEM teacher for St. Andrew’s, graciously noted, “Children are refusing to leave early with their parents because STEM is at the end of the day.” With a thirst for knowledge and the tools necessary to gain it, these students’ excitement provides optimism for the future of STEM industries.