Class of the Month

Oneida STEAM Club gets kids thinking of tech early

The February Family Times Class of the Month is the STEAM Club at St. Patrick’s School in Oneida. The kids use drones, make 3D art, robots and more.

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I have learned more about teamwork and how to be creative.

—Catherine Lohr, grade 6


Members of STEAM Club: (back row) Layn Kraeger, Charles Martin, Olivia Healt, Kade Meyers, J.J. Shendock, Nick Martin, Catherine Lohr; (third row) Leah Mazor, Luna Marris, Margaret Lohr, Avrey Baker, Haylee Klish; (second row) Jude Jbarah, Josh Holmes, Connor Bowe, Charles Stoker; (front row) Kaitlyn Finster, Patrick Dahlem. MICHAEL DAVIS PHOTO


At St. Patrick’s School in Oneida, members of the STEAM Club are discovering how fun it can be to learn about science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The students in the afterschool club are in grades 3 through 6. Their advisers, Melissa Marris and Erin Thompson, have designed projects that demand thought, collaboration and problem solving. Among the club’s activities have been: coding; robotics (using Ozobots and Dash and Dots); and 3D art activities that demonstrate the role of mathematics in art. In an especially popular session of the club, students learned how to control the school’s drones, devised tasks and obstacles for the drones, and competed in drone races. St. Patrick’s School is a Catholic preschool and elementary school serving children from age 3 up to sixth grade, from Oneida and Madison counties.

My favorite STEAM Club project was flying the drones because it’s super fun.

—J.J. Shendock, grade 6

Left: Jude Jbarah uses a Makey Makey kit to create a touch pad. Right: Olivia Healt practices math facts and block coding using a Bee Bot. MICHAEL DAVIS PHOTOS


My favorite STEAM Club project so far is programming Dash and Dot. I have learned many things from STEAM Club and will learn much more. I’ve learned to program, make tools from paper, tin foil, Q-Tips, and can’t wait to learn more.

—Kade Meyers, grade 5


Kade Meyers, J.J. Shendock and Ryan Kosuda design and build a bridge using only straws, tape and yarn. MICHAEL DAVIS PHOTO


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