UOG 4-H Starts off the First Phase of STEAM with FB Leon Guerrero Students
YIGO, Guam – FB Leon Guerrer
o Middle School Special Needs students are the first batch of students to begin 4-H’s STEAM Workshop. As of March 1st the University of Guam’s Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development Program has begun the first phase of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics. Through these workshops students will not only incorporate new exercises and activities into their weekly workshops, but will also learn about current events and proper corresponding life skills.
Case in point: A large classroom filled with eager students to see what their 4-H mentors had instore waited excitedly as they were introduce to the day’s activity. 4-H incorporated the life skill of Problem-Solving, which derives from the HEAD-Thinking portion of the 4-H Life Skill Wheel.
4-H’s science project “The Shiny Penny,” taught the students how to make a penny shiny again with the use of different liquids. The students learned the different strengths of the acidity from the liquids and how the acid removes the copper oxide that made the pennies look dull, and return them back to their original copper color.
During the waiting period the students were given optical illusion images in which they had to identify the hidden objects. These fun activities taught the students three strong points. One, that somethings aren’t what we expect them to be. Secondly, that sometimes we all don’t see things in life the same way, and Lastly, that after considering both sides of any circumstance only then we can learn to see and understand the different perspectives.
Wettengel Elementary Takes on First Day of STEAM
YIGO, Guam – The 4th grade classes of Wettengel Elementary have taken on and accomplished the first day of the 5 week STEAM workshop with their 4-H mentors. Like most of the other schools 4-H visits weekly, Wettengel Elementary has already begun their class gardens. In recent weeks, the students have been learned how to prepare, maintain, plant, and transplant their gardens.
On March 2nd the 4-H Youth Development Outreach program started their STEAM – science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and mathematics, workshop. Once the students understood the basics and foundation of their garden, the fun began with incorporating the Life Skill – Problem Solving to their day’s activity. Through this Life Skill the students learned how to not only recognize issues in their garden, but how to recognize problems they face in their daily lives and the best way to resolve such issues. Activities such as these promote positive influences on the children along with preparing them with skills and practices that are beneficial to them as they grow and work outside.