North Charleston Elementary School (NCES) encourages students to explore and pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills in fun and engaging ways. The school recently received a new Rigamajig®, granted through a partnership between The CarMax Foundation and KABOOM!, to provide a fun, play-based learning experience focused on building 21st-century skills.
North Charleston Elementary was one of only 10 schools/community organizations across the country to be awarded a Rigamajig® set through the Future Innovators Program in 2020.
Rigamajig® stimulates inquisitive minds through creative thinking and problem-solving skills that are developed during experiential play and hands-on, active learning. The collection of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts, and rope allows children to follow their curiosity through play.
“We are thrilled to offer our students creative learning opportunities,” said Principal Melissa Brubaker. We look forward to adding to our Dream Learning Lab so that the students of North Charleston Elementary have access to the highest quality STEM programming.”
All students at NCES, in Pre-K to fifth grade, will have access to the Rigamajig® for grade-level appropriate exploration during their special area rotation through the Dream Learning Lab (makerspace).
“The Rigamajig® is a wonderful addition to the Dream Learning Lab, which is supported by the Liberty Hill STEM Initiative,” added Lynn Clegg, a STEM Coordinator for Charleston County School District. “The mission of the Liberty Hill STEM Initiative is to provide high-quality programs in the Liberty Hill neighborhood schools that will provide all students with a rigorous and relevant academic and technical education in order to prepare them for the high-skill, high-demand, and high-wage STEM occupations of the 21st-century economy.”
For more information, contact Melissa Brubaker at (843) 745-7107.