STEAM Ahead is a hands-on science experience introducing new opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math to Pike County elementary students.

The mentors share their knowledge through interactive experiments from problem solving to chemical reactions, video editing, physics, water quality, welding, environmental studies, and more in easy to follow 15 minute lessons.

The program is now in three schools and looks to grow each year as more mentors and community partners join the effort to get local students engaged in science and thinking about their future careers.

The program would not be possible without the engagement of our FBP volunteers and others from Ohio University, the Ohio EPA, Pike County Extension Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and Adena Health System.

Participating Schools

Western Elementary

Western Elementary third grade students pose with the mentors after an exciting kick-off to this year’s STEAM Ahead presentations.
Western students work on their problem solving skills with 3D puzzles.
Students get a chance to create a video about STEAM Ahead day while reading the script off of the teleprompter.

Eastern Elementary

Eastern fourth graders put their problem solving skills to the test with Legos.
Students enjoy learning about water quality and participating in a hands-on experiment where they use various items to try and make muddy water clean.
Eastern fourth graders pose with the mentors after a morning of hands-on science experiments and learning.

Jasper Elementary

Ahead co-coordinator Tim Poe talks with Jasper third graders about plans for a career.
Students watch closely as FBP mentor Mary Reiman explains an experiment about pressure.
Students use a virtual reality welder to learn how to weld.

Meet the Mentors

John Albright


My presentation is on welding. We have a short video which shows different types of welding, SMAW, GMAW and TIG. These welds are made on plate and pipe that are on display that the students can look at and hold. I also have examples of weld bend test coupons that passed and one that failed. Finally, we have a virtual welder which allows the students to complete a simulated GMAW weld. This unit also grades them on their technique so they get to see which one can get the highest score if time allows more than one attempt.

Ellen Stone


Engineering has a world of opportunities with so many different fields within Engineering; however one thing that Engineers have in common is problem solving. This presentation goes through examples of problem solving at the PORTS Gaseous Diffusion Plant that is in D&D mode and also discusses various aspects of structural members. Next the students are given the opportunity to use their imagination to construct a masterpiece of their own.

Donnie Locke & Cindi Remy


Communication is the key to every career. No matter your job, it is important to learn how to effectively communicate, including asking questions to get answers. During the Public Affairs section students read off a real teleprompter, learn how to put a story together through video and play reporter and ask their fellow students questions to enhance the story telling process.