(Tuesday, January 5, 2021) --Students at Fort Worth ISD’s Como Montessori School were recently among the first testing out one of the District’s new STEM trailers.
Just before the 2020 winter break, the mobile learning lab set up shop in the school’s GO Center. Approximately 100 students in grades 5-8 were offered opportunities to participate in hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activity modules including Building Materials, Alternative Energy, Robotics, and 3-D Electronics (ZSpace).
Additionally, students in Como Montessori’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) program participated in a session about STEM and entrepreneurship. Rickie Clark, executive director of FWISD’s MBK program, said that students were amazed by the STEM trailer and that its components encouraged students to consider the careers they might have someday. By having the ability to touch, see and feel devices in the mobile lab, students recognize “they can do it.”
“They have opportunities to do things beyond our wildest dreams,” Mr. Clark said.
FWISD has two 32-foot District STEM trailers that are funded by Lockheed Martin and a grant awarded earlier this year from Facebook. The mobile learning labs offer FWISD elementary and middle school students an interactive introduction to STEM-related fields. Through ZSpace, an augmented and virtual reality technology, students learn STEM subjects using immersive images that they can move and manipulate.
“One of the things that we try to do is provide our young people an opportunity so that they can build their leadership skills,” said Sherry Breed, FWISD Equity and Excellence Department chief. “This is the wave, in my opinion in my perspective, of the future.”
View more from the STEM mobile learning lab’s recent visit to Como Montessori here.
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