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Welcome to the STEM Lab!

Where Science Paves the Way

 

 

"The best journeys answer questions

that in the beginning

you didn't even think to ask."

-180 Degrees South

 

 

I am very excited about this wonderful addition to our school.  Students will visit the STEM lab once every 9 days as part of their activity rotation.  Each week will focus on one or more facets of the STEM model: science, technology, engineering, and math. Every session will integrate grade specific objectives according to the new science standards set forth in the Mississippi Curriculum Science Framework.

 

 

Topics

Upcoming topics include: What is STEM? What is Science? What is Technology? What is Engineering?  What is Math? How do scientists, inventors, and engineers use these concepts to imagine, design, create, share ideas, and develop products? How does STEM promote collaboration and teamwork?

 

This Rotation in the Lab: Nov. 7-26

How Does Design fit into STEM?

 

Third graders will investigate buoyancy and density as they design, build, and test aluminum foil boats. Fourth graders will describe Earth's spheres and explain how hurricanes are formed. They will design, build, and test wind resistant houses. Fifth graders will explore how levees protect cities from flooding. They will design, build, and test a levee system to protect their city from levee overtopping and breaching.

 

Fall Fun With STEM

Fall is the perfect time to start a leaf collection, experiment with chromatography, count the number of squirrels gathering nuts for winter, observe the autumn constellations, determine tree height using its shadow, build a candy corn catapult, measure apples, design a spider web, create a 3D picture using items found on a nature walk, plan a healthy Thanksgiving dish, start an indoor herb garden, make blackberry playdough, use Lego to model the changing seasons, read How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin and calculate the ratio of seeds to weight, and explore density with leftover Halloween candy.

 

 Home Connections

Parents have numerous opportunities to expose their children to STEM related concepts, thus supporting the learning that takes place in the classroom.

Children can build, design, and create new inventions with household materials and objects in nature or brainstorm ways to solve a problem.

You could start small by implementing Math Mondays, Technology Tuesdays, Engineering Wednesdays, Science Thursdays, or Fun Fridays.

 

Here are some great websites for STEM related activities:

Design Squad at PBS Kids.org

Treasure Engineering at Big Learning.com

Sheppard Software.com

Brainpop

Brainpop Jr.

Studyjams

ABCya.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

               

 

      

     

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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