One of the technology groups to which I belonged asked that we share pictures of our STEAM/computer lab environments. This is my STEAM lab at AES. This is the first year of the STEAM pilot.
At the end of the year (April 2016) I asked my Instructional Director about the possibility of doing a STEAM lab instead of a computer lab in all of my buildings. She scaled it down and asked that I choose one building - one that already had an extra room - and pilot it there. She shared that there was no money to help with the start up of the lab so I would have to track down a grant.
Donor's Choose helped me find a matching grant and the PTO at AES gave me $2500 which allowed me a total of $5000 for start up funds. Our chromebooks were $3000 themselves.
I put together this room with all the love I have for my profession. I have been told by several persons in the school that my room is the most fun one in the building!
Ladies and Gentlemen, my STEAM lab!
Below are pictures of the dioramas we built using the Sit-Upons.
_Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools,
located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to
work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work
with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus,
I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
ACPS' 1st computers
I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler