STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) instruction at B-L Elementary School is being taken to new heights this academic year thanks to a modern robotics lab that is now housed at the school. The lab, which is powered by the Acellus STEM program, is designed to help students discover and create in a hands-on environment so that they are better prepared for possible STEM careers. According to the U.S. Department of Education, it’s more important than ever that students study the STEM fields to know how to solve complex problems to meet the ever-changing demands of the workforce.
Unlike other coding programs that only provide students with a simulated work environment, the Acellus STEM Labs program tasks students with an actual robot that they must program called Cellus Bot. Through step-by-step video instruction, students experiment to solve problems, thus engaging in simulation and real-world application as their work comes to life visually via the video console. Also within the coding course, students learn how to program in the Blockly coding language, giving them the chance to focus on the basic principles of coding. As students progress through the activities, the lessons become more advanced, giving them a deeper foundation to learn more advanced programming languages.
The lab at B-L Elementary School was partially paid for through grants received from the National Science Foundation and Title One funds. While the lab is currently only available to students at the elementary school, administrators hope to eventually set up a similar lab at B-L Middle School, thus allowing continuity for students to continue their STEM studies.