Chaise Swisher, career and technical education teacher at Elkin High School, has begun posting videos of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) projects on YouTube for the public to view. Swisher has asked EHS teachers to send him any video taken in their classrooms which shows how STEAM is used in daily lessons to promote learning.
Swisher began posting the videos when he was assigned to the STEAM committee for the school, and Principal Joel Hoyle asked the group to consider ways to promote the community’s understanding of STEAM. Swisher thought posting the videos was a great way to show others outside of the school how teachers were incorporating real-world skills and habits into daily lessons.
“There are 14 videos so far, but I plan to post more over the next semester,” Swisher said.
In order to access the videos, anyone may go to YouTube, and in the search bar, type EHS-STEAM, and then click on the channel ehsSTEAM.
Swisher commented, “My favorite videos so far came from Coach Wood; he made ‘Math Murder’ and ‘Math-Newton’s Law of Cooling.’” The “Math Murder” lesson explains Newton’s law of cooling through a hilarious murder mystery.
Although the projects incorporating STEAM are fun, Swisher believes there is a great deal of learning taking place as well. “The most valuable skills a student can learn from STEAM are how the curriculums work together and how to use technology and art within the core class setting,” Swisher explained.
Lauren Bryant is a member of the Elkin High School Journalism Club.