Middle school students gain STEAM


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SUBLETTE COUNTY – Pinedale Middle School students became “Artist Explorers” last week through a STEAM-based arts residency.

Tyler and Monica Aiello from Denver-based education organization Eurekus worked with Clare Rutar’s sixth- through eighth-grade STEAM students to focus on basic and complex elements of engineering through the construction of small colorful machines.

Sixth-grade students constructed catapult launchers. Seventh-grade students made motor racers with circuits and propellers and raced them in the common area. Eighth-grade students constructed high-tec terrariums.

STEAM is an initiative to add arts to the traditional science, technology, engineering and math education. It helps students think creatively and learn to start from scratch with engineering projects.

The projects were funded by a $8,000 grant from the Marathon Petroleum Foundation, a $2,000 grant from Jonah Energy and contributions from Sublette BOCES. The project was presented by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council.