Minnesota elementary school turns up the STEAM

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Glacier Hills Elementary School (Eagan, Minn.) is taking hands-on learning to the next level.

In September, the Eagan science magnet school will open a new laboratory that combines the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The "STEAM room" will allow students to create objects using new tools, such as a 3D printer and laser etcher, when exploring scientific concepts.

"We already do a good job with hands-on learning," said Principal Jeff Holten. "We teach in a demonstrational way, and this is the next step."

The new tools amazed fifth-graders Zach Wollak and Jane Vasterling. They used the etcher to carve a Vikings logo and built small trinkets with the 3D printer.

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