Students Engineer, Design, and Create During STEAM Residency

  • Early Childhood
  • Lower School
  • Middle School
Students Engineer, Design, and Create During STEAM Residency

At St. Paul’s, we’re continually introducing new cutting-edge STEAM activities to inspire and engage our students. In mid-October, we were thrilled to continue our school-wide STEAM learning through a residency visit from Eurekus founders, Monica & Tyler Aiello. As artists, builders, and engineers, the Aiellos are known for their NASA collaborations and for helping schools across the country fuse the arts and sciences. It was a delight to have them partner with St. Paul’s for some on-site, hands-on activities that had students designing, engineering, and even soldering!

Makerspace and 6th grade science teacher, Kelly Van Maren, shared, “Eurekus is always a hit with our students.  It is incredible to see our students dive right into the engineering design process and problem solve as they create.  They especially enjoy being given opportunities to challenge themselves in new ways as well utilize new tools such as soldering irons.  Seeing a student's face light up after they are successful makes this entire experience worthwhile.”

Here are some examples of the student activities and STEAM principles covered throughout the residency:

Pre-K – community hero puppets

Kindergarten – pulley spinner toys

1st grade - kaleidoscopes

2nd grade - LED circuit robots & 3D printer designs

3rd grade - shadow puppet theaters (positive and negative space in art)

4th grade - rubberband racers (intro to potential and kinetic energy)

5th grade - motor trilobites (learned about prehistoric trilobites and soldered circuits)

6th grade - motor racers with propeller motors

This STEAM learning residency at St. Paul's was made possible through grant support. As part of the grant, Eurekus is also working with St. Mark’s and United Inner City Services to train their teachers and host virtual STEAM workshops with their students later this school year. We are immensely grateful to Eurekus and Monica and Tyler Aiello for bringing new STEAM learning activities to Kansas City schools!