ZANEIS, Okla. (KXII) – Zaneis Public School unveiled a $54,000 computer lab for students to explore learning through STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math.
Zaneis STEM teacher Jaysa Jenkins said kids are already excited about the new course.
“It’s refreshing to see them come in excited to learn, be creative, be innovative,” Jenkins said.
She’s been learning about how 21st century computer skills are important in today’s workforce, but lots of students don’t have them.
“Some of my 8th graders in 6th grade when they used Chromebooks, they weren’t comfortable using those and were typing with one finger,” Jenkins said. “So even just coming in and logging in or doing simple tasks on a computer helps build that confidence.”
So when the superintendent told her he had extra funds just for technology, she started building a lab. She handpicked everything from headphones, to lights, to high speed computers.
Student Ava Forsythe said she’s proud that Zaneis has the STEM lab.
“I thought it was cool that we had something different than everyone. We can just play games and learn things,” Forsythe said. “I’ve learned how to better use everything on the computer.”
But it’s not all fun and games.
“I couldn’t just let my kids come in and play games every day all week although I feel like that’s what they’re most excited about,” Jenkins said. “So