Zaneis students explore coding and esports in the STEM lab
ZANEIS, Oklahoma (KXII) – Zaneis Public School unveiled a $ 54,000 computer lab for students to explore learning through STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math.
Zaneis STEM teacher Jaysa Jenkins said the kids were already excited about the new course.
“It’s refreshing to see them come in excited to learn, to be creative, to be innovative,” Jenkins said.
She’s learned how important 21st century computer skills are in today’s workforce, but many students don’t.
“Some of my grade 8 to 6 students when they used Chromebooks weren’t comfortable with them and typed with one finger,” Jenkins said. “So just going in and logging in or doing simple tasks on a computer helps build that confidence. “
So when the superintendent told her he had extra funds just for the technology, she started building a lab. She’s handpicked everything from headphones and lights to high-speed computers.
Student Ava Forsythe said she was proud that Zaneis has the STEM lab.
“I thought it was cool that we had something different from everyone else. We can just play games and learn things, ”Forsythe said. “I learned to use everything on the computer better.”
But it’s not all fun and games.
“I couldn’t just let my kids come in and play games every day all week, even though I felt like that’s what they got most excited about,” Jenkins said. “So I wanted to develop that and make it a STEM lab that also allowed them to occasionally play e-sports. “
Students also learn coding and other computer skills, and collaborate on projects.
Maximo Dunn said the class is helping him prepare for the future.
“I am excited to discover technology that will help me and my classmates later in life,” Dunn said.
Emmajo Phelps wants to work in a STEM field.
“Not many people here know how to do some of the things that we are learning,” said Phelps. “I want to learn to code and to build applications.”
Layla Montgomery is excited to learn engineering.
“Part of engineering can be about making things,” Montgomery said. “And I’m really creative. I feel like part of engineering can be like architecture in a way. And that’s something I really want to do when I’m older because I love to build.
Jenkins said the STEM lab allows kids to get involved in school and work on projects together.
“We have a lot of students here who may not be participating in sports, which is sort of our only elective course,” Jenkins said. “It gives a fun space for students who are not involved in it and gives them a way to get involved in school outside of sports. “
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