The Wildcat

North Coventry Elementary School Parent Newsletter - January

STEAM Education

This year one of our school goals is to incorporate more STEAM learning opportunities for all students. If you are following us on Facebook or Twitter you have undoubtedly seen our many posts featuring students at work.

STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math

In 2014, the American Society for Engineering Education identified several characteristics of quality STEM learning activities:

  1. The context is motivating, engaging, and real-world.
  2. Students integrate and apply meaningful and important mathematics and science content.
  3. Teaching methods are inquiry-based and student-centered.
  4. Students engage in solving engineering challenges using an engineering design process.
  5. Teamwork and communications are a major focus. Throughout the program, students have the freedom to think critically, creatively, and innovatively, as well as opportunities to fail and try again in safe environments.

Our focus at the elementary level for STEAM this year is to incorporate school wide developmentally rigorous math and science skills through engineering, technology integration and art design. As our students move into middle school, the focus will shift toward designing new technologies using an engineering design process.

Without a doubt, our students need a well-rounded, quality education that enables them to make informed decisions that will impact the world and the way they live. STEAM education is one way to motivate students to problem solve collaboratively in order to develop the skills that every student will need to be a fully-literate 21st-century citizen.

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Upcoming Events

  • No School January 18

  • Kids & Technology: The Psychological Impact presented by Dr. Brian Schneider at 6:30 PM at the Middle School on January 21

  • PTO Family Fun Night January 22 at 7:00 PM

  • Science Research Competition Open House January 27 at 6:30 PM

  • PTO Meeting February 10 at 7:00 PM

  • No School February 12 and 15

  • PTO Leap Year Luau February 19 at 7:00 PM

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