Students at Julius Marks Elementary were visited by University of Kentucky College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion faculty and students during the school’s STEAM Day in February (STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics).
Dr. Rosie Lanphere, assistant professor, lead a group of Kinesiology and Health Promotion students in providing hands-on, active learning experiences for the elementary students. They took part in obstacle courses related to speed, agility, and power. Afterwards, the Kinesiology and Health Promotion students described career and research opportunities to the children.
“Partnering with local elementary schools in their efforts to promote STEAM affords our Kinesiology and Health Promotion students experiential learning opportunities while serving the greater Commonwealth,” said Lanphere. “The STEAM students benefit from activity-based engagement and learn about future careers in health, fitness, and physical activity.”
One of the Kinesiology and Health Promotion students, Brian Haughty, a physical education and health education major, assisted with the event.
“It was a great opportunity to help kids do some activities that they don’t normally get the chance to do,” he said. “It was good to show the students new exercises and how learning can be fun.”