Standard 8

Students engage in self-directed STEM learning guided by educators who are effective facilitators of learning.
Concept 1 - Students are encouraged to be critical and creative thinkers as owners and managers of their own STEM learning experiences.
Concept 2 - STEM educators serve as facilitators who provide guidance and support for students as self-directed learners.

The class read the book, Alphabet Under Construction, and then took the "Names Under Construction" Challenge. The objective was for each student to build their name with materials found inside their classroom and their name tag. The students used their math, engineering, and alphabet skills for this challenge!
Build STEM
Build STEM


The class read the poem, "Five Little Pumpkins," then they found letters they knew and counted how many words were in a line. They also practiced reading it together. Then, the class worked on building a gate that would hold all five pumpkins. The students could use any materials found in the classroom, but they they had to make sure all the pumpkins could fit and that the gate would remain standing. 


The second grade students were shown the picture below and asked to use their inquiry skills to identify the problem. Then, they designed and created a way for LEGO Minifigures to safely cross the creek infested with alligators.
Alligator STEMAlligators STEM

The fourth graders learned about contemporary artist, Shinique Smith. This artist loves colors, textures, lines, and patterns. She is inspired by Japanese calligraphy and the fabrics she sees around her. The students worked collaboratively to create colorful collages inspired by her work. 

The fifth grade students learned about the artist, M. C. Escher. They observed his tessellated artwork and how he repeated the the shapes with no spaces between them. Then, the students used stencils to trace and make their own tessellated patterns. They used a print technique to create the background colors.