Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 6:59pm
Our @IS34 #STEM UAU students put on their #CivilEngineering hats today to build #BalsaBridges! How much load will they hold before they crack from the tension? #ItsGettingTense #DYCDAfterSchool RussosRoom photo
Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 at 3:58pm
Hey 6thGr #STEM, @Ozobot EVO is coming to @IS34! A BIG TY to everyone at #UnitedActivitiesUnlimited for their continued support of our STEM program & fully funding us with over 40 #robots for our NEW #robotics/ #coding curriculum being introduced in all 6thGr STEM classes! RussosRoom photo
Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 at 6:11pm
And the races have begun!!! Our @IS34 7thGr #makers @Sphero boat races are off to a great start! Lots of fierce competition in our first round bracket! More updates coming soon! #MakerEd #robotics @SpheroEdu
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“The traditional model is that the teacher imparts knowledge to the children, but if there aren’t enough teachers with the knowledge, why not let the kids teach themselves? Give them a basis to start with and let them try stuff out. There’s no getting stuck––only creativity in looking for the best path forward. The new generation is incredibly resourceful in finding information, and we as STEM facilitators need to aim in supporting them in whatever situation they encounter. Coding, designing, creating, building, discovering and troubleshooting are all parts of what it means to be in a STEM class. STEM isn’t about showing them how to do something, but empowering them with the right tools to create and discover it on their own.”

Mr. Russo