STEM for Elementary
STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEM Bins are a container that has a variety of materials for students to use to build and create with. Along with the bins are Task Cards, a photo card of a structure or items a student can build. After they build it they can draw a picture or a blueprint of their creation. If age appropriate, they can write a step by step explanation of the creating process. STEM bins are used throughout the day for early finishers, center time and special reward time or as indoor recess. We will be doing group projects to introduce some STEM concepts to the whole class.
The NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) include; Developing and Using Models.
Modeling in K-2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to include using and developing models, diorama, dramatization, or storyboard that represents concrete events or design solutions.
Structure and Function; The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their functions.
Students are also:
- Thinking divergently, inventively, and imaginatively
- Solving problems with specified constraints
- Building creative design skills
- Applying structures to real world designs
- Constructing a variety of two and three-dimensional shapes using lines and angles that are in basic geometry
- Building fine motor skills
- Examining different perspectives in visual arts
STEM for Middle School/High School
Explore, Discover, Apply
This class engages students through a series of hands-on projects that help improve their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. All projects seamlessly integrate the Engineering Design Process which allows students to creatively explore STEM through design.