Updated: April 02, 2021 10:03 AM
Created: March 28, 2021 12:07 PM
Thanks to a grant from the Toshiba Foundation, students at the Many Rivers Montessori school are learning how to use some new, high-tech machines like a CNC router, a laser, and 3D printer.
"I think it's really cool, we're getting this experience using these machines. It will come in handy later. And it's really cool to design everything," shared Carolina Arnold.
Her classmate, Kirsten Stasney, added, "I like the laser. I think it's really interesting we can cut out different shapes and everything. And the 3D printer is really fun."
It keeps the STEM room really hopping.
"They are each in an an engineering group, and all have a leader to identify a problem. And the goal is to solve the problem without creating another problem. That's really the goal of engineering and design, right?" Jessica Mohn-Johnsen said. She's their teacher.
COVID gave them the opportunity to find the grant funding, and change the way they think about their craft fair. And it's also helping with many other things.
So along with finding solutions for their school, like outside desks and more storage, they are thinking ahead and partnering with others in the community. Like the pediatric physical therapy program at St. Scholastica. "Maybe it will be something like a standing desk for one of their patients," Mohn-Johnsen said.
Plus, Hannah Willemsen is growing things, thanks to a grant from the Northland Foundation. "I was able to purchase the supplies, and seeds and soil and the lights," she said. She plans on selling some of her plants at the upcoming craft fair.
It's about the freedom to achieve, and learning how to become leaders.
Many Rivers is taking applications for next fall: https://www.manyriversmontessori.org/
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