McPherson's STEM Lab

Project Lead the Way


Structure and Function: Human Body

Kinder students are acting as scientists to learn more about the structure and function of their hands and fingers. They work in teams to ask questions, and make predictions before collecting data. Then they share their findings with their classmates and make conclusions.

1st Grade

Animal Adaptations

First grade students are learning how plants and animals adapt to be able to survive in five different environments. Their final task for this module includes collaborating to decide how to best prepare a fictional traveler for a trip of a lifetime into different environments.

2nd Grade

Materials Science: Properties of Matter

Second graders are investigating different kinds of materials by their observable properties, including color, texture, and heat conduction. They know that engineers and designers create new products or improve existing products and technology to meet human needs and wants.

3rd Grade

Stability and Motion: Science of Flight

Third grade students are learning all about the forces involved in flight as well as Newton's Laws of Motion. They can describe how the major parts of a glider affect the overall balance of an airplane during flight.

4th Grade

Input/Output: Computer Systems

Fourth grade students are comparing the computer system to a human brain by focusing on input, processing, and output. Students are collecting data and will learn how to represent it visually using programming.

5th Grade

Infection: Modeling and Simulation

Fifth grade students are discovering how modeling and simulation provide powerful insight into complex systems. They are diving into computer programming while building a game on the iPads, and learning that technology makes it possible for humans to accomplish things that would be impossible or very time consuming without the help of computers.

6th Grade

Design and Modeling

6th grade students are using the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams and use tools such as mathematics software, computer-aided design programs, and engineering notebooks to design, model, and build objects.