Educational Foundation awards $1,794 grant to Umatilla Elementary for STEAM program
UMATILLA – The Educational Foundation of Lake County has awarded a $1,794.90 grant to Umatilla Elementary School to support its Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) program. The money will be used to purchase technology education tools to provide artistic, engineering and problem solving learning experiences for students.
“Our STEAM class at Umatilla Elementary strives to offer enrichment to all students in VPK through 5th grade,” said teacher Dustin Strate. “That’s over 600 students! The biggest challenge of a program like this is finding funding for the tools necessary to support that many students. In this program we have a strong focus on art and technology, so our new education tools provided by the Education Foundation of Lake County have ensured our students have the modern tools to learn with.”
STEAM lessons at Umatilla Elementary include the use of Ozobot robots (pictured) that can be programmed by art. The robots read colors so the students can create puzzles, roads, interactive stories and other artistic creations. These Ozobots, used primarily with students in grades 3-5, also support classroom collaboration as the students work together on projects. Younger students use Mouse Bots, simple robots that help students with problem solving, teamwork and thinking in a sequence. Mouse Bots also support students with math skills.
The grant purchased the robots and consumables, such as markers, paper and paint, to be used with the robots.
“Our STEAM program is growing and developing here at Umatilla Elementary and we could not do it without the support from Education Foundation,” Strate said.
The Educational Foundation of Lake County is a not-for-profit organization that is the direct support organization for Lake County Public Schools. Its mission is to serve as the connection between the community and public education, evaluating needs and securing resources to enhance the quality of education.