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Learning through play at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

Connor Stanton and Jack Bono learned how to input commands into small mice robots to help them navigate a maze as part of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s STEAM night activities.

Stations were set up to encourage students in the five aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics education at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s annual STEAM night on Jan. 24.

Students of all ages worked with blocks, programmed robots, learned aspects of coding and more. And true to the Minecraft theme, almost every station encouraged students to develop their engineering and architectural skills.

Tiffany Williams, a fifth-grade teacher at TJES who was largely responsible for organizing the event, said it helps when educational concepts are blended with other activities that students are passionate about.

“When brainstorming ideas for a theme, we thought about the interest of our students,” Williams said. “Minecraft has been a hot topic this year and we actually used it for our Hour of Code program at the school earlier this year. So, we thought it would be a fitting theme for our STEAM night.”

The activities at STEAM Night were open to parents and guardians as well, giving visitors of all ages the chance to bond over various educational activities.

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Jan. 31, 2019 issue.

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