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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: May 1-13

The STEM Lab will be traveling to 4th and 5th grade classrooms.  Fourth graders will be exploring force and motion by making, testing, and changing whirly birds.  Fifth graders will be exploring design by creating tessellation pictures. Third graders will be working on making observations as they record information about invertebrates, rocks and minerals, and shells and sea creatures.

 

Summer Break is here!

Don't forget about registering for your free summer family membership at the Pink Palace Museum during the month of May.  This allows you and your registered family members the opportunity to visit the Pink Palace Museum and Lichterman Nature Center free for 90 days.  The PP mansion has recently been renovated, and they are having many fun events over the summer. Check it out at www.memphismuseums.org.

The Memphis Botanic Garden is free on Tuesdays from 1-5.  Lichterman Nature Center is free on Tuesdays from 1-3. The Dixon Art Gallery and Gardens is "pay-what-you-wish" on Tuesdays from 10-5 and on Saturday mornings from 10-noon.

Other fun things in our area include The Ornamental Metal Museum, the Downtown Farmer's Market, the Hernando Farmer's Market, the Memphis Zoo, the Memphis Children's Museum, and the Shelby Farms/Agricenter area.

Camp Invention will be held at Horn Lake Intermediate again this year. Check the DCS website for more information.

The libraries around the county host many family friendly events throughout the summer.  Check with your closest branch for details.

 

 

Spring Fun With STEM

Spring is the perfect time of year to observe birds building their nests, plant seeds and document growth, experiment with temperature and light, build a bird feeder, observe the moon as it changes phases, read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and design your own windmill, grow crystals in the colors of the rainbow, make and fly a kite, explore changes in the garden and add a bee hotel or a worm bin, discover the different pitches of wind chimes, go on a color scavenger hunt, compare and contrast seeds falling from trees, add fresh herbs to meals, research the hummingbird migration through our state and visit Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs, MS, watch baby birds hatch (but don't touch!), or any other number of things that are fun and educational! 

 

 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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