NYSTEAMBus hits the road – and the classroom

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Team of students and teachers introduces first graders to coding

Just before Thanksgiving, every first grade student across the district was given an introduction to coding and a challenge: help a small robot follow the path “to Grandma’s house.” The result was a lot of learning, laughter, and teamwork and a new experience for students. The activity was led by members of the NYSTEAMBus team, which includes nearly 20 Niskayuna High School students and Iroquois teachers Frank Adamo and Steve Wolfort. Less than three years ago, the team began dreaming about converting a retired school bus into a mobile lab for hands-on learning with a focus on STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math.

When the bus (driven by Adamo, who became a certified school bus driver along the way) pulled up to Glencliff on Nov. 19 to begin the first grade classroom visits, their dream became a reality. Down the road, they envision afterschool and summer activities, partnerships with other districts, and much more work with Niskayuna classroom teachers.

The team would like to thank many who helped make the project happen, including: Daley Family Foundation, Monolith Solar and the Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC).