On a recent afternoon at Jennie Reed Elementary School, first-grader Sadie'Sade was one of about a dozen students using a tray filled with paint and marbles to try to create a picture. As she rocked the tray back and forth she said, "I like it because it's fun!" But the activity was more than just fun, it was designed to teach kids about inquiry and problem solving.
Sadie'Sade is a part of KBTC Kids STEM, an after-school science program offered by the local PBS affiliate at four Tacoma elementary schools and two Tacoma Housing Authority sites. KBTC STEM utilizes PBS Kids curriculum and video resources to teach students about approaching problems like a scientist.