Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Full STEAM Ahead at Topock Elementary School District

| January 11, 2022

Spotlight on 2021 STEM Grantee

Topock Elementary School District – STEAM AHEAD Program

Earlier this year, AzCASE and Cox Communications awarded a 2021 STEM Grant to the Topock Elementary School District’s Summer STEAM AHEAD program.

Here’s what Topock Elementary School District Superintendent, John Warren, said about the impact of the grant:

“The campers of STEAM AHEAD used desktop 3D printers to recreate real objects utilizing their understanding of ratio and scale. The students examined real-world uses for their designs of technology and explored the 7-step design process to complete the projects. The second project that the students experienced in TES STEAM AHEAD was they built robots and solar powered vehicles to understand the build process from start to finish. They also were able to learn how the vehicles and robots operated and were able to make them work in just a little time. They learned mobile dynamics and the effects of wear, tear and the life of an object. The final project was the students involved art engineering where the students learned to form clay with measure and precise sculpting to form animals, cups and handprints. They were very specific with attention to detail and learned how to mold the clay with their bare hands. 

We used the monies from this grant for many STEAM based projects and had so much fun in the process. The students ask to work on the machines that we purchased all the time and have taken an interest in more STEAM projects since camp!”

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