1+1 Giveaway – Krysia Kjerstad

RAPID CITY, S.D. – It is never too early to get children interested in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. And that is just what Kindergarten teacher Krysia Kjerstad does with her students at St. Elizabeth Seton School.

Kjerstad With Her Kindergarten StudentsBefore diving into lesson plans, she gives her students time to play with what she calls “STEM boxes.”

The stem boxes contain hands-on materials such as Lego’s, iPads, and other toys students are able to fully engage with. Through using the toys to build little projects or playing games that incorporate classroom concepts, students are also developing important skills for outside of the classroom.

“I just think it gives them so many skills that they use in kindergarten and throughout their whole life,” Kjerstad explained. “There’s going to be tons of problems that they’ll have to solve growing up and it just gives them a creative outlet to start working on some of those skills.”

Everything in the STEM boxes comes from external sources; whether it was donated by parents or paid for out of Kjerstad’s own pocket.

With the $500, she plans to spend it on new games and activities to keep her students excited to learn.

“Oh, there’s going to be so many things. I’m going to buy new books, and new manipulatives, some toys. I’m so very grateful and honored to receive this,” she said. “Thank you so much.”

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