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Stilson students learn full STEAM ahead; Visit their STEAM Market May 12, 4:30-5:30
Posted 5/11/22

Stilson students learn full STEAM ahead
Visit their STEAM Market on May 12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.


Stilson Pollination Garden     Second-grade students at Stilson Elementary School had a wonderful STEAM experience this spring as they created a Perfectly Perfect Pollinator Garden thanks to both a $1,000 grant from the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education and skilled volunteers from the Brooklet Garden Club and the Ogeechee River Daylily Club. 
     The children and volunteers planted 20 pots of native Georgia pollinator plants surrounding the school's existing Gourd Garden in order to help attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Also part of the grant, the students have been learning about pollinators in their STEM Lab class. Stilson Elementary School's STEM Lab teacher, Jenny Hendrix, is skilled at creating science, technology, engineering, and math lessons for her students that also apply to agriculture.
     Stilson will host a STEAM Market on Thursday, May 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the school where fifth-grade students will sell products they’ve made from their agriculture-inspired STEAM lessons in a farmer’s market-like atmosphere. Nothing will be priced over $5.
     Since the students were in third-grade, they have learned the science of growing gourds and luffa from seeds to harvest in their school STEAM Garden. From their two-year harvest they’ve learned from their art and music teachers, Erin Henry and Rachel Thompson, how to fashion their gourds into decorative musical instruments, birdhouses, and pinch pots for succulents. With the luffa, they’ve made specialty soaps, kitchen scrubbers and seeds to sell. They’ve also designed marketing stickers and packaging and learned how to price their items. Leading up to the Thursday’s activity students had to fill out job applications to apply for jobs at the market. Come out as the children staff their booths for shoppers.
     STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, and all of Bulloch County Schools’ elementary and middle schools have labs dedicated to STEAM lessons.