DINWIDDIE — In more ways than one, Dinwiddie Middle School (DMS) is thinking and acting outside of the box this school year.
One of those ways is through replacing their standard after-school remediation with a more fun and creative way to learn - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) sessions.
“After-school remediation has not always traditionally been the most exciting thing. So what we’re calling it is the after-school STEAM club, but what it really is all about is these are kids who have been identified as needing a little boost in some of the different subjects,” said DMS Principal Charles “Chuck” Moss. “So what we’re doing, instead of just doing the traditional remediation, we’re trying to go beyond that and do STEAM.”
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics to produce student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. Students who participate in STEAM complete hands-on, open-ended projects that steer them away from the right-or-wrong concept and toward creating a product that solves presented challenges.
In their first STEAM session, students created ‘puking pumpkins’ which exemplified chemical changes as well as artistic creativity. In their second session, students created ‘bat poop’ to discuss chemical changes. Students also created “blubber” which demonstrated certain animals’ ability to adapt to cold environments.
Kelsey Reichenberg may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-722-5109.