S.T.E.M. Class Travels to Kalamazoo Air Show

Onekama students learn about the science and history of flight at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo

STEM Class Helps Student Learning Soar
Onekama Students Travel to Kalamazoo Air Zoo


 This year at Onekama Consolidated Schools, students in sixth through eighth grades are being offered a new STEM class. Taught by Kelly Kelley, the nine-week class meets daily and is offered to all middle school students.


According to Kelley, “S.T.E.M. class offers an innovative approach to learning in which students use problem solving skills to tackle hands-on learning activities. Skills in this course will improve critical thinking skills and will propel students toward a successful career in the S.T.E.M. fields.”


In class, students are asked to plan and execute projects individually and as members of a group, and then are required to reflect on their learning process and outcomes.


To celebrate the end of the first quarter STEM experience, on Tuesday, October 30, students traveled to Kalamazoo, Michigan, for a visit to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo. During the field trip, students attended a “Flight School Science” program as well as an “Aerospace through the Ages” tour.


The Flight School Science program allowed students to explore the science and history of flight through a hands-on learning experience. Students designed and built FPG-9 gliders and experimented with the four forces of flight, control surfaces, and Bernoulli’s Principle.


Eighth grade student Ryan Petrosky commented, “I am happy that there is a new elective course being offered this year, especially one like STEM that challenges me academically and creatively.”

Students from Onekama Middle School’s STEM class enjoyed an aerospace field trip to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo.