"A new program at Rowan Elementary School in the Seneca Valley School District will teach pupils as young as second grade about robotics.
The school district has contracted with MySTEM Academy to offer its Lego WeDo and EV3 courses.
“Our goal is to make STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fun,” said MySTEM Academy co-founder Marcel Bergerman, who is also on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. “First you engage them with something fun and then they learn.”
MySTEM Academy was created in 2010 by Mr. Bergerman and Maria Yamanaka and offers summer camps and classroom assistance.
Nannette Farmar, Rowan Elementary principal, told school board members on Monday that they found MySTEM Academy when they were searching for community partnerships and ways to prepare pupils for future jobs.
The pupils at Rowan Elementary will be exposed to concepts of building and programming with Legos and learn how to use motors and sensors to make robots move and solve different challenges every day.
Sean McCarty, assistant superintendent for elementary education, said: “It really engages a kid at a very early age with these basic engineering skills.”
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MySTEM Academy partners with schools in Pittsburgh to offer STEM-based after-school programs to their students. We bring all the necessary robotics equipment and provide software licenses to be installed on the school’s computers.
Current and past after-school partners include: McKnight Elementary School, Ingomar Elementary School, Hosack Elementary School, Falk, Wexford Elementary, Eden Hall, Sacred Heart School, Winchester Thurston, and Colfax K-8.
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