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Lampson Crane Raises STEM Skills at Finley Elementary

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Teachers at Finley Elementary School are getting help from a crane to give math a lift. Teachers at Finley Elementary School are getting help from a crane to give math a lift.

FINLEY, WA - Teachers at Finley Elementary School are getting help from a crane to give math a lift.

Lampson International brought the 40-ton crane to show and tell Tuesday. Several children got the chance to run the riggings.

Principal Pam Kinne says the school incorporates a lot of science, technology, engineering and math in its curriculum. Kinne says it's important the students see how these subjects are used in local professions.

"It's wonderful Lampson International is a local company because what a great way to integrate all this in," Kinne says. "To show the kids there's something right her in our neighborhood that they can pursue as a career."

Several children at Finley Elementary have parents and grandparents who work at Lampson crane in Pasco. One teacher is also the niece of Bill Gwinn, who operated the crane.

As part of its STEM emphasis, Kinne says the school looks for opportunities for the kids solve problems.

"One that come up was the noisy cupboard for musical instruments. The teacher took that as a an opportunity for the kids to problem solve, ‘Okay, what are you going to engineer to muffle the sound." 

The school this year also has the STEM Recycling Project. Each grade level is taking on a recycling project. 

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