STEM stand for science, technology, engineering, and math. Students are presented with hands-on activities that demand a higher level of thinking skills to work in the real world. Materials are needed in the classroom to follow the STEM curriculum. The community foundation awarded USD 407 a grant to purchase five different types of building kits for the kindergarten classrooms.
Since implementing these kits, Kim Boxberger mentioned seeing an improvement in not only students motor skills but also behaviors as well. "The grant exceeded my expectation of the idea I originally had in mind because many students don't have access to these items at home. As a kindergarten team, we feel that problem-solving, communication and a bit of engineering were successfully introduced," said Boxberger.