This spring, the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders have had the opportunity to testrun a new program at the VTSTEAMspace on the Vermont Teddy Bear Company campus. STEAM--which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math-- allows students to learn in a way that focuses on problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. As the classes visit the STEAMspace each week, they work on a robotics project designed to hone their engineering and programming skills. Students are tasked with designing an autonomous robot that is able to complete a series of tasks set forth by the First LEGO League. This year’s challenge is called Animal Allies and focuses on the relationship between humans and animals as students complete robotics tasks that highlight the symbiotic relationship between species. It is wonderful to see the engagement and excitement that students bring to the space each week.