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  • Alexis Padilla, Northeast Arkansas News

Nettleton Opens STEAM Campus

It is more than a new school year for Courtney Speer. She is one of the 30 teachers launching Nettleton’s new STEAM campus.

“It’s overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. We are providing opportunities to students that they’ve never seen before. Even as teachers we’ve never seen it before,” said Speer, technology instructor.

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

More than 300 kids from third to sixth grade are getting to learn in a new way. The steam school is focusing on project-based learning.

They also give kids time to explore interests of their own in makerspace labs.

Teachers are hoping this will help students find their passions as well as strengthen their weaknesses.

Each classroom has a cross curriculum model. The goal is to teach kids skills like critical thinking, creativity, and teamwork that can be used in any field.

“Jobs in their future don’t even exist today so how can you prepare a student for their future when we don’t know what it’s going to look like. But if you teach them the 21sxt century skills and get them prepared and thinking that way then they can tackle anything,” said Kelli Cochran, STEAM Facilitator.

Most importantly, they want to see kids be enthusiastic to learn.

“You can see the excitement andwonder in their eyes and they’re ready to just dive in 100 percent,” added Speer.


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