STEM at Stead: Science Worth Exploring
STEM at Stead aims to provide patients in the Child/ Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at the Stead Family Children’s Hospital with experiments and discussion materials to broaden their understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math concepts. There will be four experiments organized into kits with three levels of discussion materials included. The four experiments involve building a catapult, creating a storm in a jar, making a bouncy ball, and constructing a miniature volcano. The discussion materials will be provided for beginner, practiced, and advanced students for each experiment following standards outlined by the Iowa Core. The goal of STEM at Stead is to create fun and effective learning opportunities that are otherwise being missed in school due to the patients’ absence during their stay in the hospital.