Imagination and discovery filled the hallways of Bulverde Creek Elementary School as the school launched its first school-wide STEM Day. Erika Neuman, fifth grade teacher, decided to coordinate a day focused on STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) after attending a STEM Cohort hosted by the DoSeum with other educators from San Antonio.
“I feel like it is really important because every field is going towards some kind of technology, innovation—some type of problem solving,” said Neuman. “With STEM, whether they go into a STEM field or not—and there’s a good chance down the road every job will have some kind of STEM relation to it—that problem solving piece is so important. We want to create thinkers, not just test takers.”
Students in all grade levels worked on a variety of activities, including robotics, mathematic problem solving games, and computer programing. The campus welcomed several guest speakers and presenters from Mad Science, a science enrichment provider, Bulverde Creek parents and NEISD Instructional Technology Specialists.
“My goal is to create problem solvers, thinkers and innovators, just cool people to work with,” said Neuman.
Bulverde Creek staff want to produce students that will have the confidence and tools to lead in STEM-related fields.