STEM Parent Newsletter
STEM Lab, 4 C's Lab, & the New STEM Menu
This year our teachers have the opportunity to choose from a STEM Menu of various activities that integrate science, technology, engineering and math. Teachers and their students will be regularly visiting the STEM and 4 C’s Labs based on their own individual class schedules, curriculum content connections, and interests. Teachers are also being encouraged to complete extension lessons in their classrooms based on the STEM challenges and educational tools we use in the labs.
1st Grade STEM
1st graders learned the expectations for using the iPads at school. Students tested each others’ basic iPad skills and then received their own iPad driver’s license! We also introduced our first grade students to Lego More to Math kits. Students built models using specific Lego bricks for each activity. They figured out the length of a Lego built snake by counting number of studs on their model. Students demonstrated understanding of math vocabulary through their lego models as well as understanding that numbers can be represented in different ways. Using legos during Math increases engagement and helps visual and concrete learners understand abstract math concepts better.