Although formally capped its with , a just-completed short film on the process illuminates just why the experience was so valuable for the elementary school students.
Among other things, The Rain at Zane, a tender document of the process produced by the , offers a first-hand look at how the S.T.E.M. to S.T.E.A.M. movement worked for Collingswood kids.
The educational philosophy that incorporates arts within science and technology education is well on display here, with footage of all steps involved in the process.
The video also offers an opportunity to hear the reflections of students on what the project means to them even as they work on it.
"I thought it was outstanding," says one child. "I live around a bunch of artists but I've never see art like this."
The $30,000 project is the result of some parental sweat equity, corporate sponsorship, and a lot of volunteer man-hours. Comments like those—and the investment in the process that they demonstrate—make it all seem like a bargain.