Do you want to build a mini space vessel and shoot it into the air? Pilot a drone through the halls of your school? Or design a new product and develop the prototype right in your classroom? Or how about teaming up with classmates to conceptualize a product that could revolutionize a cause or an industry. They are doing all these things and more in Elyria High School's "Steam 2.0" class taught by Jeannine Stape. This past year the STEAM 2.0 class was offered only to seniors but in 2021-2022, Stape will offer a STEAM class like this one, called STEAMploration, to freshmen and sophomores, and STEAM 2.0 for juniors/seniors.
"You don't have to be going into the engineering field or a science field, you just have to want to do hands-on things, think outside the box and create a product," Stape said. "If it works, great, but if it doesn't, you went through the engineering-design process without even knowing it.
"Students will experience things like 3D printing, coding, laser cutting, without having to take a course just specifically focusing on that," Stape said. "It's a good stepping stone to get their feet wet with this kind of stuff, and if they like it, they can move on to other classes." Take a listen to this show on Petey Podcast and learn how you can enroll in Stape's STEAM classes!