A fantastic morning of science focused fun at the 25th Annual Columbus City Schools (CCS) Exceptional Science Fair at Beechcroft High School on November 8. The annual event is an opportunity for students to showcase their critical-thinking skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
"Our motto is "ability first," said Beechcroft High School Teacher Paul Lasker. "Our goal is to promote effective and cohesive learning for our students in a way that is both meaningful and appropriate, it not only adds to their success in the classroom but also helps shape their future career goals."
From insane bugs to coding and creating robots that respond to basic commands, to creating electricity - powered by pedaling a bike, and learning about the ecosystem, CCS students are using their imagination, innovation and "ability first," to learn and grow through the power of hands-on science and STEM.
"I wanted to be an engineer," said 11th – grader Kevin Atobrah - Damoah. "Through STEM, I learned about a lot of different career possibilities that I can pursue."
STEM is about doing and developing a deep understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and giving students opportunities to apply that learning inside the classroom and in their daily interactions.
"STEM teaches me things I didn't know," said 10th – grader Gloria Golden. "I can then teach others how to code, balance nails, and figure out complex science puzzles."