What is S.T.E.M? S.T.E.M is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively. STEM is part of a nationwide movement to help students build 21st Century skills that will lead to rewarding careers in these fields. The BEACON Afterschool Program is working with boys and girls from 4th-8th grade to help them develop interest in STEM, improve grades, and HAVE FUN while learning.
Why is S.T.E.M important? Skills in S.T.E.M related fields are in high demand and low supply. S.T.E.M helps students to do well academically in Math and Science. This program focus also helps them to take advantage of the job opportunities that are coming in the future. The BEACON Afterschool Program is part of an Industry Advisory Group that is working with business partners, Utah State University, and Grand County High School to provide a seamless transition into S.T.E.M careers.
Engaging Girls in S.T.E.M
The BEACON Afterschool Program's goal is to inform and encourage girls to pursue careers and interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of our girl-serving S.T.E.M programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in S.T.E.M.
S.T.E.M Clubs at GCMS:
Lego Robotics: Students work together to build and program autonomous robots. The club participates in the First Lego Robotics Tournament in Salt Lake City.
Myth Busters: The club uses scientific methods to measure, analyze, and extract the truth from a common myth. Then they will create a T.V show to share what they have learned with the world.
Big Shot Camera: Students will learn about how cameras work, the nature of light, and how lenses can be used. They will build their own digital cameras that the students can keep. They also learn basic and advanced Photoshop techniques along the way.
Science Olympiad: In this club students explore the aspects of science that excites them. Here they have the chance to learn about their interests in depth from tutors and real life engineers. Then they get to compete in the regional Science Olympiad contest.
BEACON Lego Robotics Club heads to state championship!
After winning the First Lego League regional tournament in Richfield Jan. 8, "The Dark Mechanics"- the BEACON Afterschool Lego Robotics club at Grand County Middle School- is heading to the state championship. The club will compete at Utah Valley University in Orem Jan. 30 for the state title in a robotics game that emphasizes respect and teamwork.
Click here to read more of the article in the Moab Times Independent!
S.T.E.M Clubs at HMK:
Snap Circuits: Snap Circuits makes learning electronics easy and fun! Students can build exciting projects, such as FM radios, digital voice recorders, AM radios, burglar alarms, doorbells, and much more!
Girls & Boys Robotics: Working in pairs, students learn basic construction, robot-build techniques,and create a robot. Then they learn to program their robot to accomplish various tasks. This club uses MINDSTORM EDUCATION EV3 robotic kits to build and program the robots.
Spyhop: Students learn the mechanics of a video camera, and create their own movies. In this club they get to discover Moab through their own lens!
Legos: In this club students learn technology and problem solving skills through building simple and motorized mechanisms. This club aims to inspire kids to experiment and have fun with technology.
Our S.T.E.M Clubs in Action
Contact Us! BEACON Afterschool Program PH#: 435-259-2767 Email: thomasK@grandschools.org www.moabbeacon.net