Through an educational collaboration with Moraine Valley Community College, Community High School District 218’s STEAM camp, students entering grades second through eighth have been learning more about science, technology, engineering, art and math over the summer break. (Supplied photos)

Through an educational collaboration with Moraine Valley Community College, Community High School District 218’s STEAM camp, students entering grades second through eighth have been learning more about science, technology, engineering, art and math over the summer break. (Supplied photos)

MVCC, SD218 offer STEAM classes

Spread the love
regional 7 2 24 steam2

Through an educational collaboration with Moraine Valley Community College, Community High School District 218’s STEAM camp, students entering grades second through eighth have been learning more about science, technology, engineering, art and math over the summer break.

By Kelly White

Kids have been rushing back to the classroom this summer.

Through an educational collaboration with Moraine Valley Community College, Community High School District 218’s STEAM camp, students entering grades second through eighth have been learning more about science, technology, engineering, art and math over the break.

These fields are providing students with the opportunity to gain exposure to the cutting-edge field of STEAM, according to Larry Langellier, Professor of Computer Science at Moraine Valley Community College.

“The two biggest benefits students receive from our STEAM classes are for them to see how fun STEAM can be and to also be introduced to a wide variety of applications of these disciplines,” Langellier said. “Students in this age range are forming interests that will become the basis for deciding what courses to take in high school, what major to pursue in college, and what careers interest them. The more exciting experiences they have, the more likely they are to consider careers in STEAM.”

Langellier has been teaching at Moraine Valley for 24 years and is the founder the Adventures in STEM Academy at Moraine Valley Community College, a program he started up 20 years ago. He has been the lead instructor for the STEAM camps at CHSD 218 since their inception in the Summer of 2017.

regional 7 2 24 steam4

Through an educational collaboration with Moraine Valley Community College, Community High School District 218’s STEAM camp, students entering grades second through eighth have been learning more about science, technology, engineering, art and math over the summer break.

The program began in the summer of 2017 with a single camp for rising seventh- and eighth-graders. It has expanded to six camps each summer and now includes rising second- to eighth-graders.

“Students attending these camps are shown the fun side of the important STEAM subjects they are taught in school,” Langellier said. “If they haven’t already considered a STEAM field as something they would like to do in the future, we hope to trigger that interest for them.”

Langellier taught the classes alongside his daughter, Alexis (Lexi) Langellier and Moraine Valley student, Jenna Abuzerr.

“As a computer science major, I was amazed by the coding projects the kids did. What they achieved in one day what took me much longer to learn,” Abuzerr said. “They have such bright futures, especially if they pursue careers in STEM. The STEAM camp helps advance their math, creativity, and logic, preparing them to become amazing engineers, scientists, mathematicians and so on.”

Abuzeer said this was her first time working with the STEAM camp, and it has been an enjoyable experience.

“The positive energy that children constantly bring makes working with them a true pleasure,” Abuzeer said. “Their excitement and fascination create a lively atmosphere, and it was incredible to see how rapidly they grasp and accomplish difficult tasks and ideas. I truly enjoyed making each child feel comfortable and free to explore and express their creativity. The STEAM program had a significant impact by promoting problem-solving and hands-on learning, helping kids understand the relationships between different subjects.”

Lexi has been assisting with Adventures in STEM courses at Moraine Valley for more than ten years and has also assisted with the STEAM Camps since their inception.

Over the past five years, she has progressed to lead instructor for many of the camp’s Math, Technology, and Engineering courses. She has also developed new courses — especially ones focused on the creative application and intersection of Art with STEM. Lexi is currently pursuing a PhD in Computational Math at Northern Illinois University and teaches college credit courses at MVCC as an adjunct.

“The biggest thing students get from these classes is exposure to the various STEAM topics and activities,” Lexi said. “STEM and STEAM jobs are in high demand and pay very well, but it’s very overwhelming trying to narrow down what direction to take. When students take these classes at a young age they are given an advantage by finding what they are passionate about early and are able to learn more about opportunities and gain experience.”

Each camp was free to attend and was offered for three to four days within a single week (12 hours total). A total of six camps were offered this summer — one for rising second- to fifth-graders and another for rising sixth- to eighth-graders was offered at Harold L. Richards High School, 10601 Central Ave., Oak Lawn.

Topics covered within the program included: LEGO robotics and engineering, game programming, Origami, digital art, engineering challenges like bridge building, paper airplanes, houses of cards, math and poetry and more.

“I like this program because of my passion for getting more women in STEAM,” Lexi said. “While this program is open for both boys and girls, I think giving girls the opportunity to see what STEAM is really like, how fun it is, and how much creativity is involved helps get more women in STEAM.”

regional 7 2 24 steam3

Through an educational collaboration with Moraine Valley Community College, Community High School District 218’s STEAM camp, students entering grades second through eighth have been learning more about science, technology, engineering, art and math over the summer break.

Leave a Comment





Local News

CRR_NH

Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound July 17, 2024

Spread the love

Spread the love

Alumni Association members Heather Leininger, Emily Szymczak, Candice Mares and Miriam Cruz (at table) lead a crowd of LeaderShop alumni and community members waving posters saying Morals Matter, Demand Change, and Integrity for the Kids. (Photos by S. Kirchman)

LeaderShop alumni, board meeting turns testy at times

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy S. Kirchman The LeaderShop Alumni Association rallied under the pavilion at The LeaderShop office in La Grange for the board’s scheduled 6 p.m. meeting after it was switched from in-person to virtual earlier on Thursday. The Alumni Association consists of volunteers, previous staff members, former members of the board of directors, funders,…

Cleveland Cavaliers guard-forward Max Strus hits a 3-pointer last season over the Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown. Photo courtesy of Max Strus

Hometown Hoops Hero: Stagg alum Max Strus discusses his rise through the NBA, hitting big shots and his annual youth hoops camp

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Xavier Sanchez Correspondent A lot of changes have taken place for Max Strus during the past year. While the Cleveland Cavaliers guard has played in an NBA Finals and been featured as No. 1 on ESPN SportsCenter’s “Top Plays,” among other noteworthy events, the Stagg alum is the same homegrown kid who…

Chicago Red Stars forward Mallory Swanson (left) earned two big awards for her recent goal-scoring spree. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Red Stars’ Swanson picks up Best XI of Month honors

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Correspondent Chicago Red Stars forward Mallory Swanson picked up some big honors recently, including being named to the NWSL’s Best XI of the Month for June. This is the seventh time in Swanson’s career and the fourth time as a Red Star she has won a best of the month…

St. Laurence finished second in the state in Class 4A and is looking to win it all in 2024. Photo by Jeff Vorva

A bevy of changes ahead for the 2024 high school football season

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Correspondent The IHSA’s annual posting of the coming season’s football schedule always gets people talking. This year is no exception. Tears for Fears meets David Bowie as there are changes, changes and more changes; fans might need pencils and scorecards to keep track. As a public service, we here at…

Kathy Headley

The cleanest sidewalk in Chicago Lawn

Spread the love

Spread the love. Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 . In a recent column I told you about stopping at the Community Dinner held on Tuesday evenings in the fieldhouse at Marquette Park. That particular night I sat next to an arborist for the Cook…

Peggy Zabicki

Hot dog! This is a special week

Spread the love

Spread the love. By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place •  (773) 504-9327 . I would like to start my column with the most important news. National Hot Dog Day is Wednesday, July 17 and is traditionally celebrated all week. I decided to suggest two West Lawn restaurants for celebrating…

Ray Hanania

Do-gooders do good for themselves

Spread the love

Spread the love. By Ray Hanania . Many not-for-profits thrive on grants and funds that come from the taxpayers through government agencies, but they are not accountable to the public which funds them. Recent revelations about the La Grange-based LeaderShop, a social service agency which recently lost $300,000 in funding, has raised some serious issues…

Rich Miller

Turf tussles prevent transit reform

Spread the love

Spread the love. By Rich Miller . A little-noticed bill passed both the Illinois House and Senate that will generate $300 to $400 million a year for local governments, including $95-127 million for the Regional Transportation Authority. The bill (SB3362) will help capture sales tax revenue from more out of state retailers and in-state retailers…

GSWNH_HolidayInnRear_070524

Migrants coming to Ford City

Spread the love

Spread the love. Nearly a thousand coming this month to Holiday Inn . By Tim Hadac The Pritzker Administration is converting a vacant hotel in the Midway area to a shelter expected to house as many as 950 migrants. The action is occurring quickly, with migrants expected to move in this month. In a press…

Neighbors

On party infighting, Illinois’ new GOP chair says ‘start calling those people out’

On party infighting, Illinois’ new GOP chair says ‘start calling those people out’

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com MILWAUKEE – In the parlance of Washington D.C. Republican strategists, deep-blue Illinois is sometimes referred to as an “orphan” state – along with other Democratic strongholds like California, New York and Hawaii. In both 2016 and 2020, Donald Trump lost Illinois in the presidential election by 17 percentage…

Amid heavy rainfall in southern Illinois, Nashville dam system breached; hundreds evacuated

Amid heavy rainfall in southern Illinois, Nashville dam system breached; hundreds evacuated

MOLLY PARKER & BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com Two days of heavy rainfall caused water to overflow and breach the dams of Nashville’s city reservoir on Tuesday, resulting in extensive flooding and the evacuation of about 200 people from their homes in the small southern Illinois town of about 3,000 residents. Initially described as…

Illinois Republicans urged to look beyond traditional base as national party courts unions

Illinois Republicans urged to look beyond traditional base as national party courts unions

By PETER HANCOCK, HANNAH MEISEL & ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com MILWAUKEE – A former Republican congressman from New York told Illinois Republicans Tuesday that to win more elections in their deeply blue state, they need to reach beyond the traditional conservative voting base. “We need to challenge ourselves to get out and talk…

At national convention, Illinois’ beleaguered GOP portrays calm amid internal storm

At national convention, Illinois’ beleaguered GOP portrays calm amid internal storm

By PETER HANCOCK & HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com MILWAUKEE – Illinois Republicans appeared upbeat and optimistic as the GOP’s national convention got underway Monday, calling for unity and showing little sign of the internal party struggles that have been brewing for years. “Everybody’s got a lot of energy. We’re all really hopeful and…

Live updates from the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee

Live updates from the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee

The CNI news team is on the scene at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. Check back frequently for the latest developments:   RNC Day 1: Live updates from Milwaukee 10:45 a.m. – Former primary rivals say they’re united to elect Trump The Republican National Convention is underway in Milwaukee, and Illinois’ delegation kicked of…

Pritzker calls SCOTUS emergency abortion ruling ‘small respite’ as state protections await his signature

Pritzker calls SCOTUS emergency abortion ruling ‘small respite’ as state protections await his signature

By ANDREW ADAMS  Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com Abortion remains legal as an emergency medical procedure in Idaho, for now, after a Thursday U.S. Supreme Court ruling, while a bill that would cement those protections in Illinois law awaits Gov. JB Pritzker’s signature.  The 6-3 decision saw the three liberal justices concur with the order. Three…

Pritzker signs election bill to increase party power in primary elections

Pritzker signs election bill to increase party power in primary elections

By ANDREW ADAMS  Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com Changes to primary election fundraising, the electoral college and the state’s voter registration database are now law after Gov. JB Pritzker signed a wide-ranging bill on Monday. The legislation, containing several unrelated election measures, passed near the end of the legislature’s spring session on a vote of 68-38 in…

National Committeeman Richard Porter looks ahead to GOP convention as party names new state chair

National Committeeman Richard Porter looks ahead to GOP convention as party names new state chair

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Republicans will gather in Milwaukee next week for what promises to be a historic national convention. Former President Donald Trump will be nominated for the third consecutive time as the party’s presidential nominee, the first major party candidate to win nomination that many times since Franklin…

Speaker Welch rebuffs lawsuit from would-be staff union as ‘forum shopping’

Speaker Welch rebuffs lawsuit from would-be staff union as ‘forum shopping’

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch is urging a Cook County judge to dismiss a lawsuit members of his staff filed against him last month seeking to force recognition of their union. In a new filing Monday, attorneys for Welch argued the Illinois Legislative Staff Association has no…

The U.N. calls restraint chairs torture. Illinois jails use them every day.

The U.N. calls restraint chairs torture. Illinois jails use them every day.

by GRACE HAUCK ILLINOIS ANSWERS PROJECT Warning: The following article includes mentions of self-harm and profanity. This is the first in a series of stories. McHENRY, Ill. – Vernon L. Brooks Jr. was distraught. Forced into a chair in a jail cell with a black mesh hood over his head, he panicked as he felt…