STEAM Studio provides power to bring students’ creativity to life

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If you're worried about screen time for your kiddos, maybe it'd be a little easier to handle if you found out they were learning how to code computer games and programs. It's happening for kids as young as 6 in the metro and the idea is gaining steam.

Ten-year-old Tommy Sonnenberg talks about coding like many of us talk about making a sandwich.

"You can make your own game and have fun with it," Sonnenberg said.

For him, it's become a favorite activity because of a place called STEAM Studio. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. The studio sits inside architecture firm Gould Evans, and the teachers are students at Rockhurst University who volunteer their time.

"They ask me a question, and I ask them a question back, because this is their process. This is their project," said Kameka Rees, a teacher for the program.

Kids from age 6 to about 10 and older learn problem solving while building paper chairs, coding new computer games, or creating prosthetic hands.

"Later on, we're going to be doing 3-D printing for prosthetic hands, and we are going to be tied with an organization for kids that are not able to get their own prosthetic hand at an affordable price," said Rees.

It’s all in hopes that some day these kids will become innovators in their fields.

On the weekends students who are homeless go to STEAM Studio to get out of the homeless shelter for awhile and learn about the opportunities they can achieve through education.