Greenhouse project helps Bozeman, MT students learn about healthy foods and engineering at the same time

By Gail Schontzler

Boys and girls at Hyalite School eagerly grabbed Popsicle sticks and play dough this week to build models of a greenhouse for their school, the start of a project designed to teach kids about both engineering and healthy food.

“We have a problem!” announced fifth-grader Rowan Lunceford, as he struggled to get his sticks to lock together. After a minute, he’d figured it out, just like a real engineer.

“Problem solved,” he declared.

Rowan — a self-described “engineering geek” — “I like anything you can build” — is one of about 50 kids in Hyalite School’s after-school STEM Club. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, the fields in which President Barack Obama and education and industry leaders say America needs to train more students.

Read the full story at The Bozeman Daily Chronicle.