Dakota State University’s CybHER program will impact a lot of children at Madison Elementary School with a new STEM lending library. Funded through a ten-thousand dollar mini-grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science IF/THEN program, CybHER purchased a variety of technology devices, including Osmo learning game systems, Dash robots, and Makey Makey invention kits.
These devices will be housed in the Madison Elementary School library for teachers to check out. Curriculum will be provided with the devices. DSU CybHER co-founder Dr. Ashley Podhradsky said the devices can be used with any curriculum, including computer science, art, English, and mathematics.
Podhradsky is the associate dean of The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences at DSU, and associate professor of information assurance and forensics. She is also an IF/THEN ambassador. By providing these educational devices and curriculum at the elementary school level, the hope is to educate and motivate young students about STEM at a young age.
CybHER’s next goal is to create a similar lending library for the middle and high schools. CybHER partnered with the Madison Central School Education Foundation for the project.