Surprising Benefits of Elementary School Video Program

Elementary students standing by a video cameraWhen you hear about STEM or STEAM programs, a video class probably is not the first thing that pops into your mind. But STEAM- Science Technology Engineering Art and Math – skills can be honed in many ways.

Going well beyond simply showing students how to record a video, the Whitmore-Bolles Elementary School Broadcast Club follows a STEAM-inspired learning program that uses elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math in television production. In addition, following principals introduced in the “Leader in Me / 7 Habits” program, the Club encourages students to take initiative and become leaders.

“Our Broadcast Club empowers the students with the ability to take on the challenge of shooting, editing, writing and producing interviews and a student newscast,” notes Whitmore-Bolles Teacher Michelle McCuaig, the club’s adviser. “Students take skills they learn in class and apply them to the real world challenge of producing a TV-news style video. They achieve the objectives of both working independently and as a team.”

The elementary school students enjoy producing their own videos and recognize that the skills they are learning help them do well with other activities. Applying the Leader in Me habits taught at the school, fourth grade student Khaled Ayesh points out, “Habit 4 is ‘put first things first.’ In broadcast you have to work before you play.”

Caroline Kuentz, a second grade student, is happy that she’s made new friends through the Broadcast Club and she’s found that she enjoys working as a team.

Three students video tape an interview with Superintendent Maleyko at Whitmore-Bolles
Superintendent Maleyko was recently interviewed by students in the Whitmore-Bolles video club.

Working with parent adviser Michael Kuentz, a professional videographer (and Caroline’s dad), by the end of the school year the students will have researched, written questions, filmed, edited and produced interviews with numerous people including Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko, Principal Kristen Waddell, Dearborn Mayor John B O’Reilly, and Wayne County Commissioner Gary Woronchak—himself a former journalist. “I’m really looking forward to being interviewed by students at the school I attended as a boy,” commented Wayne County Commission Chair Gary Woronchak.