We are thrilled and grateful to announce that the Lake Oswego Rotary Club chose to fund a grant application to provide funds to support STEAM efforts at Oak Creek Elementary. The Lake Oswego Rotary Club provided a check for $2050.00 this school year. Funds will be used for two different initiatives - to provide additional opportunities for hands-on science experiences during the school day and to purchase sets of Dash/Dot robots that can be used by all classrooms, in the Makerspace.
Through the Science Enrichment committee, we are able to offer Science Nights approximately 4-5 per year. These are held in the evening and we are typically able to accommodate two groups of thirty students. There is extremely high interest in these science nights and the Science Enrichment committee has been working very hard to identify ways to offer a similar experiences to more students at Oak Creek. There are two organizations, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and Mad Science that provide classroom-based, experiential labs provided by professionals and delivered at school. The grant funded by Lake Oswego Rotary Club will provide an opportunity to invite OMSI and Mad Science to Oak Creek Elementary to lead up to eight classroom experiences.
Additionally, Rotary grant funds (and funds provided by OCE) will be applied toward the purchase of Dash/Dot robots. These robots were originally introduced to our school in 2016-2017 by Chris Hesselbein, the technology Teacher on Special Assignment for LOSD. The Dash/Dot robots work in conjunction with several coding languages, including Scratch, that OCE students have been introduced to during our annual Hour of Code experience and in Coding Club. The robots are easy to use, very engaging, and children are motivated to use them to learn and test their coding and robotics skills. The Dash/Dot robots will also be utilized during Coding Club (Open to all 1st-5th grade students who sign up. More info available here.) In addition to the Coding Club, OCE recently initiated two First Lego League Robotics teams for 4th and 5th grade students. The new Dash and Dot robots can help the robotics team members continue to grow and enhance their skills.