FLORENCE, S.C. – Students STEAMed with excitement at the second Carver Elementary Magnet School STEAM Works camp this week.
The camp exposes students to STEAM – or science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – education through fun activities. Students took part in activities, such as building balloon cars and completing circuit activities.
“The purpose of this, especially with us being a STEAM magnet school, is to allow students that are incoming from other schools to have a bit of a preview of what to expect for the new year,” said Calandra Brisbone, the STEAM coach for the school.
The camp is open to Carver Elementary students first, but they also accepted students from other schools and districts as well.
Brisbone, who leads the camp, said teachers from the school volunteered their personal time for the camp.
The camp, which is in its second year, functions as a fundraiser for Carver Elementary, Brisbone said. This year the camp has raised $4,000.
Brisbone said the teachers who volunteer at the camp get some money toward their classroom to purchase items that will help enhance their STEAM curriculum.
Bailey O’Neal, a third grade teacher at Carver Elementary, said she volunteered with the camp because it helps the students be successful through learning to problem solve, critically think and collaborate.
“It also sets them up for, I think, a more successful school year, where they’re more open to learning things, especially with the problem solving,” O’Neal said.
O’Neal, who just finished her first year of teaching, said she thinks she would like to use the money she gets from the STEAM camp for flexible seating for her classroom.
Kira Spain, a rising third-grader, and Kingsley Wilson, a rising fourth-grader, attended the camp for the second time this year. They both said they enjoyed taking part in the activities.
Kira said she enjoyed the circuit activities, because they were new to her.