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Whiting School Debuts STEAM Lab

Whiting Elementary School held an Open House on June 10, 2019 to show off their new STEAM Lab to parents and guests. The lab is in the space formerly occupied by the main office and has been fully outfitted with specialty furniture and equipment, thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Manchester Township Educational Foundation (MTEF).

At the open house event, students demonstrated some of the equipment including robots, computer tablets with coding programs, circuitry kits, building/design kits, 3-D pens and more. The lab was designed by Whiting and Ridgeway School's shared technology teacher, Jamie Velazquez, and is modeled after a similar MTEF-funded space at Ridgeway School.

MTEF President, Jeff DeSimone was among the guests. "It was great to see the final result of the MTEF's S.T.E.A.M Lab Grant at the Whiting School, they did a great job making the most out of the $15K grant we provided," he remarked. "I was very happy to see the students engrossed in and so motivated using all the different technology stations and learning while having fun."

"I want to give a special thanks to the student that took the time to explain and demo one of the robots. She did a great job explaining how the robot works by reading computer code you lay out on the board to walk a path and reach a destination."

DeSimone said that this month, the MTEF will complete a Three Year Plan to outfit every Manchester school with an MTEF-funded S.T.E.A.M or S.T.E.M lab, thus allowing every student that goes through the district to have access to this technology/learning experience at every level. "The final two $15K checks (to MTHS and Regional Day) will be awarded at our Golf Outing Dinner on June 24, bringing our total commitment to $90,000," he said.

To learn more about the MTEF, visit their website.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math.