Jessica Odenweller, Hannah Benavidez and Allie Buettner construct a display tower.
DELPHOS — In recent years, there has been a growing concern the educational system in the United States is being surpassed by other countries in math, science and technology. A recently-introduced national program, STEM Education, seeks to address this by providing hands-on education in these areas beginning at an early age.
At St. John’s Elementary School, those in charge of the program are teachers Sharon Closson, Julie Neidert, Lois MacLennan and Lindsey Teman. The group also includes Mel Rode, who acts as one of the coaches for the school’s Lego Robotics team, another facet of STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education.
St. John’s involvement with the program began with eighth-grade Lego Robotics and now has expanded to include fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade and even high school students. It also includes other activities that help develop STEM skills.
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