March 21, 2014
Second graders at Baker-Butler Elementary got a visit from Congressman Robert Hurt on Friday.
Students in the Steam Program are studying fractions, measurement and economics. Today they were working on building an amusement park, which included a giant igloo made of milk jugs.
Teachers say the students love collaborating in the program.
"What they've noticed is that when you change a location of where you're learning, your mind starts to think differently,” says Lisa Baker, 2nd grade teacher. “So when they go in there, they're thinking creatively, but yet when they come back into the room they're also in that mindset as well."
"I think it's so important to try to bring those disciplines together, so that, I think it gives you a better perspective on how each one is important, when you are able to compare it and use it in a collaborative way," said Congressman Hurt.
Hurt says would like to see other schools in Virginia adopt programs like Steam.