Published October 29, 2021
Additional STEM Box article:
FLEMINGTON, NJ – Over the course of six months, the
Flemington-Raritan Regional School District purchased 265
Pitsco STEM Creator Packs designed for use with intermediate
(Grades 5-6) and middle school (Grades 7-8) students.
“We had two different opportunities for students to work
in our Project STEM Club,” said Math Supervisor Kristen Wolff.
“The first opportunity was a virtual learning experience that
occurred from February through April. This consisted of
approximately 16 sessions with six teachers. . . . Each group
had 16-20 students in it. These sessions met virtually, twice
per week for about 45 minutes per class session.”
For the virtual learners, kits were sent home from school
or picked up by families. The teachers then guided the
hands-on exploration and learning via Zoom sessions.
“Despite the obvious obstacles for trying to conduct virtual
hands-on experiences, the teachers did a fabulous job of
engaging the learners,” Wolff said.
The second learning opportunity was over the summer,
when the district hosted an in-person Project STEM Club
for two weeks, totaling approximately 16 hours for each
of six groups of about 15 students. Because the activities
were in person, the teachers were able to have students
work collaboratively in small groups to complete their
projects, said Wolff. “It was clear that the summer learning
opportunity was filled with positive energy from the
students and staff alike.”