MES would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Merinda Jackson and family for their generous donation of LEGOs to the Melbourne Elementary Art Department! Thanks to their donation, Amanda Miller, the MES art teacher, will be able to further extend her STEAM curriculum in K-6 Art. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. It is an education approach to learning that uses these critical areas as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. Mrs. Miller uses STEAM because the end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experimental learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration and work through the creative process. STEAM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons for every child. LEGOs are a great tool for bringing abstract concepts to life with a fun, active approach that engages students. LEGO bricks turn ideas into real models that can be touched, described and innovated upon. By making the subjects tangible, they foster collaboration and encourage self-guided learning by creating enthusiasm and giving students the tools they need to overcome challenges. Making science and math both fun and interesting through Art helps the students to do much more than just learn. They become the innovators, educators, leaders and learners of our future!