Summer is now in full swing, but several schools in the Bakersfield City School District welcomed students for three weeks in June to enjoy a variety of learning activities. Summer School students had the opportunity to participate in several learning workshops with the theme, Full STEAM Ahead, with a learning focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.
At Munsey Elementary, students created paths and obstacle courses for their remotely controlled orbs, which they directed using measurements and laptops. Student would gather in groups to map out directions for their orbs, and enter the commands into the laptop.
At Wayside Elementary, students in one class also had the opportunity to set up courses and commands for their orbs. Students in another class used a special learning tool called Ozobots, which are small, robotic cars programmed to follow the lines and shapes that are drawn by special pens. The students took turns drawing jagged lines and various shapes for the Ozobots to follow.
Students at Sierra Middle School combined their skills and creativity to put together earthquake-proof structures with marshmallows and sticks. Carina Vasquez, a student at Sierra, said, “We have been studying natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. It’s really fun. After we learn about it, we get to build stuff. When we learned about earthquakes, we actually goy to rebuild our own version out of marshmallows and sticks.”
While school is now officially out for the summer, many BCSD students appreciated and enjoyed the learning opportunities offered during their summer school session. “Summer school is fun because you get to meet new teacher, and see how amazing they are,” said Vasquez. “You get to meet a lot of new people too.”
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