Posted Date: 03/31/2021
Mrs. Laura Miller's preschool class participated in a virtual Oklahoma State University (OSU) event, "Introduce a Girl to Engineering". The class received a free kit from OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. The kit contained pipes, connectors, and fabric alongside two books Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect both written by Andrea Beaty.
The STEAM boxed event focused on designing and building a play fort within the classroom. Mrs. Miller was met with a great deal of excitement from the students when they discovered the day was filled with fort-building from the provided materials and classroom furniture. Instead of attending the zoom for the live demonstration and Q&A session, Mrs. Miller adjusted to showing a more age-appropriate video to go with the lesson. Architecture is the art and science of designing buildings or structures. Engineering uses science and math to design or create things. Both are all about problem solving. Teaching preschoolers problem-solving skills is often learned best through hands on activities such as these.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Career fields focused around these subjects are primarily obtained by males, but through innovative programs like OSU's, females are now encouraged from a young age to pursue the area of study. Preschool age students, although farthest from selecting college majors, can take deep interest in these subjects and inspire them to explore different choices later in life. Recognizing this, Mrs. Miller plans to take part in OSU's next boxed event in April for K-12 STEAM Summer Camp.