The HLCCTL’s STEAM Lab Teaches Students Innovation And Creativity
For the past few years, the Honickman Learning Center Comcast Technology Labs (HLCCTL) has offered a STEAM program for children K-8. STEAM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, teaches digital literacy and new methods for designing a variety of products; both electronically and hands-on.
“We do coding for robotics to understand what robots are to kind of demystify them. We do circuits and electricity. We do a lot of 3D modeling. We do digital, vector and pixel art,” said Erin Sieber, the Smart Lab Facilitator at the HLCCTL.
They also provide STEAM kits filled with tools for building and an online curriculum with lesson plans. The program offers 10-week rotations divided into three groups by grade level. Currently there are about 60 students enrolled.
Sieber says the creative process teaches students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
“We try to encourage self-driven learning, like actually being interested in your own learning for the sake of curiosity, solving problems or challenges,” said Sieber.
To learn more about enrollment, contact the HLCCTL at (215)-235-2900.