Over the past two years, students from the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) have had the unique opportunity to visit their local library and explore nearly 50 different fields in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The Innovation Station, located inside the Chula Vista Public Library, promotes critical thinking by allowing students to use a variety of tools and material to solve real-world problems. Students are encouraged to make a positive impact in diverse communities and build their leadership skills to succeed in an increasingly multicultural society. The lab is decorated in bright, energetic colors and includes bean bag chairs and craft areas.
Before entering the lab, students explore various career options that highlight their strengths. After selecting a field of interest, students can tinker with electrical and mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science, arts and crafts, and much more. Activities include using microcontroller to design, wire, and program LED lights and different type of servos/motors.
The project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. The library basement renovation was funded by CVESD, the City of Chula Vista, Friends of the Chula Vista Library, and in-kind support from Qualcomm Incorporated.
The Chula Vista Public Library is located at 365 F Street.
About the Chula Vista Elementary School District
The Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) is the largest K-6th grade elementary school district in the state of California. It is located in the southern San Diego County and enrolls approximately 30,000 students within 46 schools. The district serves diverse communities and provides each student with an equal opportunity to excel within a rigorous learning environment that nurtures imagination, intellect, and a sense of inquiry.