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Leaders in Learning: Boise students get hands-on in new STEM lab

Teaching students critical thinking skills in a fun and engaging way in Boise (CBS 2 Photo).

A teacher in Boise is bringing the lessons she teaches to life by creating a new STEM lab for her 4th Graders.

Amy Bass, teacher and educational technology lead at Joplin Elementary, believes some lessons are better learned by doing — especially lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) — so, she designed a curriculum around hands-on STEM projects.

The projects range from building catapults, circuit tiles, paper circuits, and miniature robots.

The goal is to teach students both 21st century and age-old skills; including collaboration, innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking — all concepts they'd otherwise be learning in the classroom, but instead are learning in a much more engaging way!

All of the materials for the projects were paid for through a grant from the Idaho CapEd Foundation.

"This would have not been possible without funding from CapEd," said Bass. "I think it's so cool to see [the students] so excited, even if there is a little problem, when they overcome it and they're like, 'yes! it worked!'"

In the future, Ms. Bass plans to expand the STEM lab for the whole school to us, offering something for every grade level!

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