Students Gain Confidence Through WE STEAM Program

More than 200 elementary students in Windsor-Essex have gained some confidence in science, technology, engineering, arts and math — better known as STEAM.

The WE STEAM pilot project by United Way Windsor-Essex wrapped up its first year with students in priority neighbourhoods getting more hands-on learning in specific subjects.

The students celebrated the end of the program with a summit at the University of Windsor's School of Creative Arts in downtown Windsor.

They were exposed to the STEAM project through their after school program and helped to spark an interest in specific subjects.

WE STEAM Co-ordinator Jennifer Soulliere says it is about driving passion and helping students gain confidence in themselves.

"We have had some great kids that have really improved and have surprised everybody including themselves on how amazing they've done in the coding, experiments and the art projects that we've done."

She says some students don't know what they are capable of.

"I had a little boy at the beginning that he said he had no idea how to work an ipad so I said lets sit down and how to work this, and all of a sudden he was coding a robot and in less than five minutes he had the robot driving."

Grade 5 student Giovanni Odisho at St. John Vianni says he had a blast.

"It's a really good program, we had Mr. Paul, he teaches us very well, we learned science technology and I think it sometimes it improves my grades in school."

The WE STEAM program will return for another school year.

The program will also run at three summer camps this summer including Drouillard Place, the YMCA and SPARK program in the county.