Johnson STEAM students share experiences

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Students at the Johnson STEAM Academy in Cedar Rapids are sharing their experiences at a special school showcase.

On Tuesday night, students explained their stories and showed-off what they've learned over the past several weeks through stage performances and educational displays.

Current students enrolled in the school say having a hands-on program has not only been beneficial, but made learning fun.

"We had this enrichment to dance, where we would make up a dance and perform it at the TCR showcase," 5th grader Brooklyn Servin said.

Caden Dorrance, 5th grade, agreed that the STEAM Academy has helped. "I've done a lot of plays when I was younger, so it kind of helped me in my drama class, to memorize all the lines and be enthusiastic for advance dance, which I've done for three years along with Orff ensemble," Dorrance said.

Johnson STEAM Academy is the Cedar Rapids School District's first magnet school, where the school's curriculum focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

The district opened the school last August.

The district is expecting to open its next magnet school, the Kenwood Leadership Academy, this upcoming school year.