Ridgefield kindergartners get early taste of STEM with 3D technology

Software engineer helps students take their lessons to the next level

RIDGEFIELD — Kindergartners at South Ridge Elementary School were paid a visit by independent contract software engineer Dan Meyers this week, providing a boost to ongoing efforts to introduce the youngsters to science, technology, engineering and mathematics principles.

Dan Meyers demonstrates 3D engineering and design to kindergartners in Erika Muir's class at South Ridge Elementary School in Ridgefield. Photo courtesy of the Ridgefield School District
Dan Meyers demonstrates 3D engineering and design to kindergartners in Erika Muir’s class at South Ridge Elementary School in Ridgefield. Photo courtesy of the Ridgefield School District

Students in Erika Muir’s class are learning two- and three-dimensional shapes and how they can be used in science and engineering. Specifically, they’ve been studying 3D shapes, learning their attributes and collaborating to include them in designs for a castle.

Meyers, who works with the technology company Asurion and has a daughter named Ava in the class, spoke to the kindergartners about using art, math, science and engineering to develop ideas into actual objects. He also shared his career path with the kids.  

He will be printing the students’ castle designs in 3D.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for the kids to see how what they’ve been learning can be turned into an occupation,” Muir said.

In a press release from the school district, two students commented on the day of learning.

“Mr. Dan knows a lot about numbers, science and shapes to make his own art for people to use,” said Cora Silbernagel.  

“It was fun to see our shapes working like a team to make a castle,” said Kai Robinson.

Information provided by Ridgefield School District.

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