Las Lomas Elementary School second graders are busy exploring the new Engineering materials they received as part of a NEEF Innovative Grant. Each classroom is using materials such as Keva Planks, Magna Tiles, Crystal Climbers, and Mag Builders to meet STEAM challenges presented to them throughout their academic day.
“Students are thoroughly engaged and eager to use the Design Thinking Process with these new building materials,” said Lisa Carnazzo, Las Lomas teacher.
Students are also on their way to becoming expert coders as they are beginning to learn how to code the new robots that were also purchased with NEEF grant dollars. The first robot students experienced was the Beebot. They built a forest of trees with their Crystal Climbers, then coded the Beebot to navigate through the forest. Students collaborated and quickly learned the importance of getting the bugs out of their code to be successful in this challenge. Students can hardly wait to get their hands on the rest of the robots. Full STEAM Ahead!