Spotlight on STEAM
River Edge Public Schools
Ms. Adrienne Spano
Math/Science Instructional Coach and Supervisor
"RIVER EDGE IS FULL STEAM AHEAD!"
In order to prepare students for 21st century careers, the River Edge School District has embarked on a two-year project to design and implement a STEAM program. STEAM focuses on the fusion of SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART and MATH. We are committed to providing students with opportunities to develop a variety of skills through inquiry-based and integrative learning.
We began that process of transforming each lab space into a STEAM lab where students collaborate, create, discover, and apply their critical thinking skills to solve problems. We are excited to share some of the work our River Edge staff and students have completed thus far, and we look forward to many more engaging activities.
At this point in time, the posters highlight the curricular units of study, engineering design process, characteristics of STEAM education, and inspiring individuals who are well known for their contributions to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
As time goes on, River Edge students will be involved in the creation and printing of educational posters using the poster maker machines!
Check out one of our exciting technological features...
AURASMA is an Augmented Reality app that helps us interact with the world in a new way. Our captivating posters come to life with animations and videos helping us learn beyond what is on the poster itself.
In our labs, we can scan the "River Edge is full STEAM Ahead" poster with the Aurasma app and a video about James Watt will begin playing on the iPad!
Full "STEAM" Ahead!
STEM Career Cards
River Edge teachers learn more about STEAM!
Teachers faced a challenge of creating a cooler to preserve medicine. Check out our teams working to prevent an ice cube from melting and keeping the medicine dry!
Problem Solving with Fairy Tales!
Success! These teams found a solution to keep the 3 goats safe!
STEAM BUILDING CENTERS
Students from varying grade levels have been visiting our STEAM labs to design and create original products as they relate to their Social Students and Language Arts units.
As students learn about bridges, vehicles, houses, and buildings, they are drawing, planning, and designing models to serve specific purposes. Check out our Kindergarteners bringing their sketches to life while third graders create products and write out detailed procedural instructions for their fellow engineers to follow!