We have started something new this year at Forest North. It’s called Open STEAM Lab. Every Wednesday from 2:00 – 2:40 students can come down to the STEAM Lab to explore and learn. Each teacher can send 1 or 2 students per week. Some weeks we have challenges for the students to do. Students work with low tech items like Brain Flakes, Strawbees, or Keva planks to build and create all sorts of items. They also work with Ozobots, Spheros, and Dash robots to learn basic programming and coding skills. One of our TAG teacher Jenni Rhea is a part of Open STEAM lab each week. She stated, “It’s awesome to see the kids outside of a structured classroom environment being creative. We can really learn so much about their personalities and talents by stepping back and watching them be creative.” So far Open STEAM lab has been a hit with teacher and students at Forest North. Each week we are seeing students from PreK all the way to 5th grade come together, explore and create with each other. It has been amazing to watch so far.