Scranton high school students to get a S.T.E.A.M. education

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SCRANTON, Pa. — Junior high school students in Scranton are turning Steamtown National Historic Site into a massive classroom this week as part of a new program called S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). Science teachers at South Scranton Intermediate School developed the program.

Schools throughout the country develop S.T.E.A.M. programs for pupils, but often without locomotives and railroad infrastructure.

The curriculum-based program uses various parts of the park — from the turntable to the cutout of a steam locomotive — to explain various scientific concepts.

“It’s so amazing to see how (teachers) Katona Miller and Ranger Daniel Kahl turned elements of the park into hands-on components of these five modules,” says park Assistant Superintendent Dawn Mach. “They have incorporated the turntable ... used to line railroad equipment in the needed direction, into a math lesson on calculating circumference.”

The program was developed for middle school teachers in mind so that they can apply it to their own classes in the future through field trips to Steamtown.

More information is available online.



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