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Teachers at Lansdowne and SCAPA to give new LEGO materials a trial run; it’s teamwork — and fun

By Tammy Lane Fayette County Public Schools Nine-year-old Jerome Taylor already knows the value of LEGO lessons in the STEAM lab at Lansdowne Elementary, pointing out how he and classmates can be really creative in their class time. “You work as a team and also have fun,” he said one day as the children built incline planes and levers to demonstrate a catapult. Jerome’s teacher, Jennifer Rodabaugh,...

Constance Alexander: What Kentucky needs is more college graduates, commitment to lifelong learning

My parents believed girls were best suited to teaching or nursing, and boys to engineering. As a result, my oldest sister became a nurse, and my big brother went off to college as an engineering major. The remaining three Alexander girls majored in education, mostly at my mother’s insistence that women had to have something “to fall back on,” like in the game of Monopoly, a sort of “Get out...

Toyota’s Legacy: Erlanger laboratory to be The Ignite Institute, world-class STEAM education center

Creating an enduring gift to fuel the economic engine of the Tri-State, Toyota announced that it is donating its Quality and Production Engineering Laboratory on its campus in Erlanger to develop a STEAM-focused education center to serve the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region. The vision, a collaborative endeavor involving state and local leaders, is world-class STEAM education that inspires...

Lexington STEAM’s pair of superheroes brighten holidays for young patients at children’s hospital

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward A pair of superheroes from the STEAM Academy swooped in to deliver good cheer at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, punctuating a classroom assignment with a colorful burst of generosity. “Nobody wants to see their kid sad or suffering, and these kids are sick. My goal is to brighten up the hospital staff and families, too,” said sophomore Trace Williams, aka...

STEAM Academy students use day out of school to sample new technology program

Teams from host Bryan Station High, the STEAM Academy and The Learning Center at Linlee (TLC) tackled the “solar roller” and “wind commander” kits in a pilot of FUSE, an interest-driven learning experience developed by researchers at Northwestern University (FCPS Photo)   For about three dozen students, this particular day out of school meant fun and games of a whole new variety. Teams...

The Lexington Philharmonic is branching out to libraries and reaching out to kids

  During the week of July 14, 2014 the Lexington Philharmonic continues the LexPhil at the Library series with six presentations of Music Builds Science!, an engaging hour-long program for children K-4 and at six branches of the Lexington Public Library.   LexPhil will also present Storytelling through Music at the Beaumont Branch Library, the final lecture of the LexPhil Lecture Series geared...

Chris Burns: STEM initiatives hold promise
to be among most successful of past 25 years

One the prevailing trends in education is the focus on STEM / STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, art and math).   The attention to those skills permeated out of increased criticism from business leaders, based on students:   1. Lack of overall knowledge of basic academic subjects 2. Lack of soft or real life skills, including: expectations, interaction and teamwork,...

Chris Burns: STEM initiatives hold promise to be among most successful of past 25 years

One the prevailing trends in education is the focus on STEM / STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, art and math).   The attention to those skills permeated out of increased criticism from business leaders, based on students:   1. Lack of overall knowledge of basic academic subjects 2. Lack of soft or real life skills, including: expectations, interaction and teamwork,...