STEAM camp revs students’ learning engines

Noise fills the cafeteria at Navarre High School on a Friday morning. Fifth-graders are busy playing games after a week of putting their minds to work at the first-ever STEAM camp in the Santa Rosa County School District.

Their cheers are loud as they root for each other in a game that involves picking up packing peanuts and placing them in a cup balanced on their heads.

“They are literally blowing off steam after working really hard all week,” said West Navarre Intermediate science teacher Elizabeth Baer as she talks over the students.

The STEAM initiative was brought into the district this past school year and four camps are set up at various locations. Sims Middle School, King Middle School and Gulf Breeze High are the other locations.

The goal of the students was to come up with a way to create a cost-effective automotive crash cushion that is safe and efficient.

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