STEAMtown is the brainchild of Carrie Busey teachers Laura Retallick and Gay Cabutti. The CUSF funds they received enabled them to substantially enhance an existing program and add new activities in all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
Students are able to explore STEAM subjects with the use of engaging accessories such as a sketch kit to program Dash Bots and Make Do tools to develop engineering skills by building structures out of cardboard, using safe tools to construct an endless variety of creations. Erector sets; Magnatiles, Strawbies, allow students to explore building foundations, practice geometry, and learn about wind resistance and velocity.
Students participating in STEAMtown are highly motivated, engaged, excited learners, who are creating endless possibilities that are student generated and led. This program really helps put students in the driver’s seat for their learning. STEAMtown impacts approximately 90 first graders bi-monthly throughout the school year at Carrie Busey in Savoy.