Welcome to the STEAM Lab

  • STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math to guide student inquiry, problem solving, collaboration, and creativity.  Students become designers, creators, thinkers, and leaders. 

    The focus of the JKES STEAM Lab and Maker Engineer Lab is to help students and educators develop an understanding of the Engineering Design Process and develop inquiry skills by engaging in STEAM related challenges.  JKES is working to partner with local and national organizations to develop student understanding of STEAM related jobs and work opportunities for the 21st Century.  We work collaboratively with Shenandoah University students to develop lessons and materials that inspire the next generation of engineers. Last year our STEAM Lab students won a Best in Show award through Pets in the Classroom Habitat Contest as well as being featured in the Smithsonian's STEM, in 30 episode.

    Pets in the Classroom Award: https://www.petsintheclassroom.org/habitat-contest-winners-2018/

    Smithsonian's STEM in 30: https://youtu.be/obalH1HfdCs

Engineering Design Process

  • Brainstorm-Design-Create-Modify-Present

    Kid Wind Lego League Jr Chicks in the Classroom DI

    Kinetic Play

    Nigerian Dwarf Goats

  • Kathy Mathias

    Mrs. Kathy Mathias
    STEAM Lab Teacher

    Mrs. Kathy Mathias earned a BS from West Virginia University and an MS from Shenandoah University.  Although this is her first year teaching STEAM, she has been teaching in Winchester Public Schools for many years.  She is very excited for this new opportunity.