We are excited about the addition of a STEM Lab at Sand Hill-Venable this school year.  One of our former computer labs is being transformed into a creative learning environment for students to collaborate on activities or challenges which will portray real world problems in an engaging and fun way. Buncombe County Schools emphasize that exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is essential in today’s world.  The STEM lab has been such a successful pilot program that it is being expanded into all elementary schools across the county.


The STEM Challenge curriculum is integrated with the science curriculum for each grade level. Students complete the STEM Challenge through a five step Engineering and Design Process. Students work collaboratively to Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve the designs that meet the challenge or problem they have been given. Collaboration is crucial, and working through the Engineering Design Process allows the students to have a step-by-step plan to solve a problem.

Our STEM Lab manager is Amy Johnson.