STEM Rocks!


Photo courtesy of Mr. Michael Maley

STEM is one of the classes offered here at DHH Lengel. There’s even a club for it called Tide-Tek. If you’re reading this as a fifth grader or a parent, you might not know what it means. It stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Mr. Hughes is our STEM teacher here at DHHL and the adviser of Tide-Tek. Mr. Hughes’s STEM lab is located in rooms 110 and 111 at the end of the first floor hallway.

Science – The science aspects of STEM include biology, ecology, chemistry, and physics. Out of all STEM majors, the natural sciences was the most common, which involves physics, biology, and chemistry.

Technology – Technology in STEM consists of digital modeling, prototyping, 3D printing, mobile technology, computer programming, data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), machine leaching, and game development. You’ve more than likely heard of computer programming and game developing before. You might not notice, but IoT is just as common. It can be found in personal computers, smartphones, vehicles, etc.

Engineering – Like science, the engineering field has grown a great deal throughout the decades. It contains civil engineering, electronics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and robotics. All types of engineering build the society around us.

Mathematics –  The math portion of STEM is, surprisingly, different than traditional math. It may include algebra, geometry, and calculus, but it also applies all other parts of STEM. As an example, it is used in almost every computer program written.

In 6th grade, some of the skills students learn in STEM class with Mr. Hughes are the basics of 3D printing, coding, circuitry, and electronics. STEM is a favorite class of many students at DHHL, and it’s easy to see why — STEM rocks!

TEACH – Mr. Jonathan Hughes teaches a STEM lesson at DHHL’s after-school program, Schuylkill Achieve. The lesson involved the basics of computer coding.