STREAM

         

The acronym STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math.  Our STREAM program integrates these areas through hands-on activities that give our students opportunities to learn while imagining, collaborating and creating.  Our STREAM projects have ranged from Pre-K igloos to sixth grade irrigation systems to eighth grade edible cars.  Each project requires that the students use the skills of planning, building, testing, and refining.  They reflect on what worked as planned and what did not.  They investigate why some ideas didn’t work, and plan what they can do to overcome problems.  One important aspect of STREAM is that students view the failure of an idea is an opportunity to learn something new.  Our new maker space is brimming with creativity as each class spends time there.  Our students are on their way to becoming the innovators of tomorrow!

 

                                  

8th Grade STREAM

 

                                    

                                    

 

1st Grade - Pumpkin STEM

 

                       

                       

                      

 

There's a First Time for Everything!

 

    

  

                          

 

Easter Basket STEM 

 

                          Pre K builds Leprechaun Traps

 

 

                                 

                                                             

 1st Grade Zoo Project

 

                                                            

1st Grade December STREAM Challenge

A Flying REINDEER...Can you make a reindeer FLY?

 

                                                                                                  

5th Grade Constructs Mayflowers in the Makerspace

 

Pre-K 4 makes a home for Baby Jesus using STREAM Skills

  

                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our 8th grade students were  challenged to pull a wooden block with sand paper on the bottom across a carpet without lifting it.  Their assignment was to find a way to reduce friction enough that the block could move.  They had to pretend that the block weighed 8000 pounds so they had to find a way to get something under it within that parameter. To see the other great things going on in Mrs. Jorgensen's class please visit her blog:  mrsmjorgensen.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first grade students visited the Maker Space Room.  They ended their study of pumpkins with an Engineering Challenge centered around the rhyme “5 Little Pumpkins”.  Their challenge was to use the supplies provided to build a gate or fence that would hold five small pumpkin gourds. The students practiced team work, compromising, cooperation, and perseverance.  They learned that if it does not work the first time, try, try again. At the end of the session, they shared what worked and what did not work when they were building their project.  They did a great job and learned some valuable lessons. To see all the other exciting this going on in Miss Wilson's class please visit her blog:http://kwilson1a.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s a First for Everything

Written by:                                              Jhailyn Farcon and Philip Zuska

   In today’s digital world, coding is a fundamental skill, just like Math and Reading.   The 1st grade, working alongside their 7th grade buddies, became totally engrossed in coding. They used Little Bit kits which allowed them to operate a magnetic code to connect the Little Bit pieces together.  Each group of buddies were exposed to two different kits: The Code Kit, & The Steam Student Set. Many 1st graders helped create projects that produced amazing things. It was fascinating to see how quickly the kids learned the fundamental concepts of coding as they solved intricate puzzles. They all had a tremendous amount of fun and were keen to show off what they had just constructed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Basket STEM

Challenge The first graders were asked to design and build a basket that would hold and contain Easter eggs as they participated in the Bunny Bounce Relay Race.

This basket would need to hold 6 eggs safely inside of it while the team members hopped up and down across the length of the gym. 

They were divided into groups of three and given the time constraint of 60 minutes to complete the task. The only materials they were allowed to use was newspaper and tape.They were very excited to build and test their baskets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Pre K students read a book about leprechauns and their gold. They were charged with building a trap to catch my leprechaun. Once in the trap, he should not be able to climb out. Students worked hard on height requirements for their project.  They did a great job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first graders are working on creating a zoo in our school's Makerspace room! The first graders were divided into teams of three and four.  They were given the task of creating a model of a zoo animal's enclosure.  We discussed how the zoo animals are not in kept in cages but are in enclosures that are similar to their natural habitat. The first graders used        I pads to research their chosen animal's natural habitat.  Then they were given a cardboard box and various choices in supplies.  They worked very hard in their teams.  They learned how to listen to each others ideas and learned to compromise with each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first grade and their seventh grade buddies worked together to complete our December STREAM challenge. This challenge was to make reindeer out of the supplies provided that could fly down a ten foot piece of string the fastest.  The first grade and seventh grade planned together. Then they began the building!  They were given 1 hour to plan, build, test, and "tweak" their designs.  The seventh graders had to keep the first graders involved in all parts of the project the entire time. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As 5th grade finsihed their Social Studies unit on the early colonists the students had to design and construct the Mayflower out of styrofoam, tape and aluminum foil. After the design was finished we tested the vessel for buoyancy. We also conducted 3 tests to see which vessel could hold the most passengers (sea shells) without sinking. When we were finished we wrote and discussed how we could have improved our vessel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math are incorporated into many Pre K activities.  The class was challenged with creating a stable for our Nativity. Four year olds are creative and imaginative.  Focusing on the above subjects, the children built their stable as they created squares, triangles and rectangles. They used placement terms such as above, below, between, next to... The children were given a variety of materials to build their stable with no  direction other than showing them pictures of stables on the computer.  Their stables were built entirely on their own.  What innovative minds our children have!