A.T.O.M STEM Academy Monthly News
The A.T.O.M STEM Academy is VIRTUALLY UNSTOPPABLE!!!
Hope all is well with our Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School STEM FAMILIES!!! The first month of school flew by and we want to extend our gratitude to you and your family for making it a success! One thing COVID-19 has taught us all is how to adapt to the situation and overcome it together (even when that entails adhering to the "Social Distancing expectation and a need to wear a Mask"). Our students are resilient and it starts at home, We are Virtually Unstoppable!!!
As you know, your daughter and/or son is a student in our brand new A.T.O.M STEM Academy! The A.T.O.M STEM Academy is a first-year pilot program for upcoming 6th-grade students. After months of planning and hard work, our 6th Grade STEM teachers are ready to engage your student in deeper level thinking, inquiry-based instruction, and project-based learning to make the experience relevant and meaningful.
What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Our STEM Academy fosters a love of these four disciplines by integrating them into our content areas. STEM focuses on hands-on and relevant learning experiences for our students. It engages students and helps establish connections between the school, workplace, community, and the global economy. Each lesson ties directly into the curriculum and focuses on the 5C’s of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate: Collaboration, Creativity, Critical thinking, Citizenship, and Communication. Students model the Engineering Design Process by Asking themselves what is the problem, Imagining possible solutions, Planning materials, Creating a prototype, and thinking of ways to Improve through redesigning.
Why is STEM important? (Click below to read an article about the positive effects)
In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.
To learn more about the Profile of A Virginia Graduate (See below)
To learn more about STEM at RPS!! (See below)
Challenge alert: Congressional Coding Challenge (See below)
Please remember No Cell Phone, Hangout chats, or ZOOM Chats during class
Check this very motivating and #STEMtastic video out (SEE BELOW)
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For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are here for our students, families, and community! We want to continue to strengthen our family and community partnerships for the well being of our scholars.
-RESPECT, RESPONSIBLE, KIND-