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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:

How Does Science Anchor STEM?

All students will begin a STEM Journal by creating a Table of Contents and signing a STEM Lab safety contract. Third graders will focus on "What is Science?" by reading together and illustrating a favorite science concept.  Fourth graders will list and illustrate science concepts that are important to them and will explore specialized fields of science.  Fifth graders will describe who a scientist is using words and pictures.  They will also learn about important scientists from around the world that have overcome challenges and made significant contributions to the field of science.

 

 

 Home Connections

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

Summer is the perfect time to start a rock collection, explore cloud formations, observe insects, grow vegetables, build water bottle rockets, discover summer constellations, design and test a solar oven, invent a device to keep ice from melting, make and eat ice cream in a baggie, calculate how tall a tree is by using its shadow, try some garden measuring, observe fireflies to discover if temperature affects how many you see each night, and build the perfect sandcastle.

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.

Don't forget to use your free Pink Palace Summer Membership throughout August.

 

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

 

 

 Science Club

Science club is for fifth grade students only. Watch the Science Club page beginning in August for more information and upcoming dates and events.

 

 

 Science and Engineering Fair

   Our annual fair will be held in late January/early February. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

               

 

      

     

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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