I am happy to announce that our science, technology, engineering, art, and math room -- or STEAM Lab -- is officially open!
Our consultant, my friend and Agudas Achim congregant Sherri Kohr, and I spent the fall brainstorming, planning, purchasing, unpacking, and organizing. This week, Kitot Katom, Kachol, and Turkiz and the Sha'at Mischak Giraffes spent time exploring the Lab; next week the other classes will have their turn. See below for pictures, and stay tuned for many more updates about our STEAM Lab as it continues to grow and evolve.
|The STEAM Lab has a lot of open space for building large structures that wouldn't fit in the classrooms.|
|I found macrame at Upcycle in Alexandria. Right now we're exploring it. Who knows what it will become?|
|Loose Parts! The building station is currently outfitted with a variety of materials that have no predetermined purpose or outcome, which encourages the children to be more creative and innovative.|
|Of course, we saved all the boxes.|
|The sensory table -- full of unraveled VHS tape, tinsel, metal containers, and magnets -- became a full body experience for one friend.|
|Our creation station is equipped with lots of materials of different thicknesses and textures for cutting.|
|The Light Laboratory allows for endless experimentation and exploration.|
|We have a starfish, a bird's nest, shells, insects, and more at our exploration station.|