All aboard the STEAM engine–a completely renovated school bus that has been transformed into a mobile STEAM lab.
It takes science curriculum on the go to 13 elementary schools across the Decatur City School district.
It has amazing learning tools for students
Completely wrapped in galaxy vinyl, the STEAM Engine carries unique equipment to encourage a love of science among students. Items on the bus include:
- A Lego wall shaped like a robot
- View-master stereoscopes
- A 3-D printer
- Interactive iPads to teach coding skills
- Globes and building materials
Where did the STEAM Engine come from?
Faith Plunkett, who oversees elementary instructional technology at Decatur City Schools, pitched the idea for a mobile science lab after seeing one in Florida.
“We wanted to create an innovative environment for kids with the new digital literacy standards that we have.”Faith Plunkett, Decatur City Schools
The project took almost two years to complete and used a retired bus from the school district. Boeing and 3M helped fund the project.
Students and parents love it
The STEAM Engine became operational in June so most students will have a chance to see it for the first time this school year. So far, Plunkett says parents and students love it.
“Every single person has said ‘I wish I had this when I was in school.’ Or, ‘This is such a cool experience. I’m so glad my kids have this.’”Faith Plunkett, Decatur City Schools