The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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November 25, 2012

St. Peter introduces STEM to elementary schools



A chef, for example, relates to math because he or she may have to count calories, just as a dentist may have to count teeth.

“Then they can really make those connections,” he said.

The sixth grade has been working with Lego robotics kits.

“The first lesson for that was ‘just make stuff.’ Make a car, make a two-wheel vehicle, make your gears work,” he said.

As the lessons advance, the students are given special challenges, such as making two gears work together, or making a particular gear work in a specific way.

“They’re really building this knowledge on their own,” he said. “They’re exploring on their own.”

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