Exploring STEM and art


PINEDALE – Preschoolers and their families gathered for an evening of exploration and creativity at the STEAM Room in the Sublette County School District No. 1 (SCSD1) building on Thursday, Nov. 17.

STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math and integrates the core sciences with the creative arts.

The event, sponsored by the SCSD1’s Pinedale Early Childhood and Lil’ Wrangler programs, allowed families to experience the variety of interactive learning opportunities available in the STEAM Room, from sensory bins to a space station.

The purpose of the STEAM Room is to emphasize “hands-on discovery and learning” and “exploratory playing,” said Tamara Currah, Pinedale early childhood community liaison.

Currah described the STEAM Room – actually a suite of three rooms – as a community collaboration. Students from Pinedale High School created signs for the space. A member of the SCSD1 maintenance staff set up the Lego wall. The Pinedale Lions Club donated the sensory wall.

The STEAM Room is available to preschool- and elementary-aged children, Currah said. In addition to hosting after-school programs, the STEAM Room opens its doors to early childhood education centers across the community once a week, she added.

The Pinedale Early Childhood program’s Young Explorers visit the STEAM room on Fridays with parents and caregivers for hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering, art and math, Currah continued. The SCSD1 special education department uses the space on a regular basis, along with the Sublette BOCES Early Education Program (BEEPS).