As part of the process to become a STEM certified school, Boise Valley Adventist School developed a STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) laboratory.
Through a series of grants and donations, Ken Utt, BVAS principal, began updating the school’s current STEM lab with the purchase of two portable workstations, six Lego STEM sets and five EV3 robotic kits. His goal was to consolidate the science related materials, catalog the items and provide STEM learning activities for the students.
The lab is a dedicated space that provides Project Based Learning, encouraging students to be problem solvers, critical thinkers and innovators. “The lab is a place to foster 21st century job skills such as communication, collaboration and creativity," Utt said. "It leads to the development of other social skills such as empathy, adaptability, confidence, curiosity, perseverance, leadership and self-discipline.”
Kindergarten students use the lab to promote creativity and exploration through hands-on discovery while the third and fourth grade students utilize the lab to create Lego structures. Mrs. Roach, 3rd & 4th grade teacher noted, “The lab provides a change in the classroom environment and creates an atmosphere that encourages students to engage in the activity.”
The lab was particularly useful while students prepared for the Invention Convention as it provided a space for students to work on their projects. In addition, teachers appreciated having a dedicated workspace with proper equipment.
Future plans for the STEM lab include implementing two new clubs: a Lego Club and a Robotics Club.