STEM from the 'Wood

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DECEMBER

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FELDWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NAMED FINALIST IN THE 2014 STEM EDUCATION AWARDS COMPETITION

ABOVE: Principal Racquel L. Harris (far right), with STEM Coordinator Nicole Ford and family, at the 2014 STEM Education Awards ceremony. During this ceremony, Feldwood Elementary School was honored as one of the finalists in the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) 2014 STEM Education Competition. Tag-Ed recognizes schools, programs, and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting STEM Education in Georgia. Although we did not win 1st place, we are proud to have been included as one of the top 6 elementary schools in the State of Georgia!

Congratulations Principal Harris, Mrs. Ford, and the entire STEMtastic Feldwood Family!

ENGINEERING FOR A DAY CHALLENGE

Gingerbread Houses

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SWEET TREATS!

This month, the spotlight shines on our budding student architectural engineers! The entire STEMtastic Feldwood Family created uniquely inspired gingerbread houses. Researchers have traced the tradition of making gingerbread houses back to ancient Rome, where they were first called honey cakes. Currently, this tradition has been continued in homes across America as a way of celebrating the Christmas holiday. Feldwood continued this wonderful holiday tradition as classrooms throughout the school accepted the engineering challenge.

A very sincere Thank You! to all the parents and guardians who helped us by donating a smorgasbord of sweet treats. We could not have done this without you!
OBJECTIVE: Design and create an edible gingerbread house.
PLAN: Begin by drawing your design and collaborating with your teacher and classmates.
DESIGN: Follow your plan to create your edible house.
IMPROVE: Does it stay together? Does it follow your plan?
SHARE: Use details from the Engineering Design Process to share information about your creation with your classmates. Then, share your gingerbread house with your family and tell them how you created it. Finally, have fun eating your sweet treat!
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GOOD ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERS PLAN AND DESIGN STRUCTURES THAT ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO WITHSTAND NATURAL DISASTERS ...

OUR HOUSES MAY NOT WITHSTAND ANY NATRUAL DISASTERS, BUT WE CERTAINLY HAD FUN CREATING THEM ... AND EATING THEM TOO!

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STUDENT CLUBS

In addition to completing an amazing school-wide culinary activity, which also emphasized the importance of creating a good design before attempting to create a sound, structural, architectural edifice for new construction projects, we have successfully implemented a variety of STEM initiatives. Staff members sponsor clubs based on personal interests they wish to share with students.

Student Club Contact: Ms. Italy Vincent

BASKETBALL

Sponsor: Coach Rice
Meetings: TBA
Participants:
Grades 4 - 5
Mission: Got game? Like to hoop? Come flex your muscles and increase your stamina.

CAPTAIN PLANET & the PLANETEERS

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Sponsor: Mrs. Nicole Ford
Meetings: 1st & 2nd Monday of each month
Participants:
Grades K - 2
Mission: This program represents the five basic elements of life: Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, and Heart. As part of their journey through each impact area, students are encouraged to create eco-projects in their schools and communities through implementing various "Take Action Campaigns."

Our Planeteers meet with Mrs. Ford and the STEM Ambassadors in the STEM Lab during school hours. Regular after-school meetings will begin in January 2015.

CULINARY INSTITUTE

Sponsor: Mrs. Haley Milling
Meetings:
TBA
Participants: Grades 4 & 5
Mission: Tired of eating pre-packaged snacks at home? Learn how to fix tasty, healthy snacks like a professional. Discover a hidden talent and unlock your culinary skills today!

DANCING COUGARETTES

Sponsor(s): Ms. NaTasha Jenkins, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. McNulty, Mr. & Mrs. Ridley, Mrs. Ellis, & Ms. Parham
Meetings:
Twice a week as needed
Participants:
Grades 3-5
Mission:
To instill a sense of pride and dignity in young girls through leadership and good citizenship.
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Our Dancing Cougarettes have performed in the Banneker High School Homecoming Parade, danced in Feldwood's Winter Holiday Program, and marched in the College Park Holiday Parade. During this past holiday season, this group of creative young leaders partnered with our Counseling Department to create spectacular cards full of well wishes for cancer patients at St. Jude's Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and created care packages for people in need.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

Sponsor: Dr. Ruth Hodges
Meetings:
Beginning January 2015
Participants:
Grades 2 - 3
Mission: To allow students who are interested in photography to increase their photography skills.

FES-TV NEWS CLUB

Sponsor: Ms. Rabiah Parker (right)
Reporting:
Daily, August 2014 - May 2015
Participants:
Grades 4 - 5
Mission:
To introduce interested students to the rigor of television news reporting.

LEGO / ROBOTICS CLUB

Sponsor: Ms. Simcha Wolfe
Meetings:
Beginning January 2015
Participants:
Grades 3 - 5
Mission:
Members of the Lego / Robotics team will have the opportunity to:
  • Design, build, test, and program robots using Lego Mindstorms technology
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations

MOVIE CLUB

Sponsor: Dr. Ruth Hodges
Meetings:
Weekly (September 2014 - May 2015)
Participants:
Grade 3
Mission:
We will attempt to raise student awareness of technology with the help of web tools that include Windows Movie Maker, ProShow Web, Animoto, and iMovie.

ROOTS 'n SHOOTS

Sponsor(s): Mrs. Nicole Ford, Dr. Ruth Hodges, & Ms. Marsha Young
Meetings:
TBA
Participants:
Parent Volunteers
Mission:
To bring nature and agriculture to life through experiential learning and nutrition education through the creation of a School Garden.
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STEM AMBASSADORS

Sponsor: Mrs. Nicole Ford
Meetings:
Weekly / Ongoing
Participants:
Grades 4 - 5
Mission:
The mission of the STEM Ambassadors Program is to bridge the primary student exposure gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as well as strengthen students’ possibilities of establishing a strong foundation in STEM practices. STEM Ambassadors lead by example!
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STEM DIVAS

Sponsor(s): Mrs. Nicole Ford, Ms. Kim Mizell & Ms. Shekia Swain
Meetings:
3rd Monday of the month
Participants:
Grades 3-5
Mission:
Do you have items at home that you no longer use? We'll show you ways to recycle them into something new.
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STEP!

Sponsor(s): Mrs. Cheryl Akins, Ms. Bridget Alexander, Mrs. Halley Milling, Mrs. Sonya Shepard, Ms. Shekia Swain, & Ms. Jordan Wesley
Meetings:
Weekly until further notice
Participants:
Grades 3-5
Mission:
To teach social skills and improve student collaboration among peers.
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Y.O.U.N.G. GARDEN CLUB

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Sponsor(s): Ms. Marsha Young, Ms. Jordan Wesley, & Ms. Simcha Wolfe
Meetings: 1st Thursday of each month
Participants: Grades 2 & 3
Mission: To learn about Earth science through gardening practice at home and at school.
We had a lot of fun this month. The STEMtastic Game Changers of Feldwood Elementary School are on the move. There's No Stopping Us Now!

As always, we anticipate great student academic and social rewards as we continue to offer our students relevant, real-world educational experiences that "foster the development of responsible, caring, college and career ready students, who are prepared to meet the challenges of a culturally diverse, technologically advanced, global society."

We'll see you again next month as we spotlight more magnificent engineering adventures at Feldwood in STEM from the 'Wood!

Smore Editor:
Ruth Hodges, Ed.D.