Elementary school students get hands-on learning at STEAM Summer Camp – WLOX

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) – Students at Resurrection Elementary School in Pascagoula are learning about science, technology, engineering, art, and math this week.
The STEM camp is giving elementary-aged students a chance for hands-on learning using 3D printers, robotics, coding, and electronics. The camp provides the building blocks for required learning in the state.
Computer Science for Mississippi is a state-wide effort to have elementary students get 40 hours of STEM learning a year to prepare them before going to middle school.
Scott Beebe, STEAM Inc. owner, said this is important because it gets the basics of computer education out of the way and allows students to become more selective about their education in the future.
“Kids are not scared of technology. Kids will mess with things, they’ll play with things, they’ll break things, if adults will step back and let them. You get a kid to read a story like the story of the Three Little Pigs, and you talk about, what’s the issue in this story? People need better work ethic, people need better housing, and then you put them on the 3D Printer Program and you say, “Now design a house for these pigs, design a house where these pigs can safely live in an environment where that wolf is there, or in our world, a hurricane. It does tie into the real world, and it does tie into things that people need to know how to do.” Beebe said.
Scott Beebe partnered with the Catholic Dioceses of Biloxi to offer 26 STEM summer camps. The camps run through July and there’s still room for students to take part.
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