One of the target goals of the 21st Century Community Learning Center is to expose students to activities related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Pine Grove Elementary students are currently participating in a project-based, STEAM curriculum in the after-school tutoring classes that will create awareness about the career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, art and math. Furthermore, the students applied such concepts in action during their second field trip of the year to Home Depot, Michael’s and the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo held on April 7.

Pine Grove Elementary would like to pay Mrs. Belinda Hollis, Captain of the Kid’s workshop, a special “Thank You!” She facilitates the kid’s workshop on the first Saturday of every month which gives local children and surrounding community children an opportunity to learn home improvement techniques by allowing hands-on, DIY projects which enhances creativity and independence.

The activities include building a birdhouse or periscope, spring kites, touring and learning about animals.

Our third graders began at Home Depot where they were given supplies to build a birdhouse while our second graders were making an art project (Spring Kites) at Michael’s which also conducts a kid’s workshop on the first Saturday of the month.

During this trip both grades participated in all activities, and they ended their field trip by participating in a discussion about native animals in Louisiana during the educational program that they attended at Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. All students enjoyed learning how real-life STEAM experiences and opportunities are all around in their local and surrounding communities.