STEM SPOTLIGHT

Whitlow Elementary February 2016

We LOVE being the first STEM certified Elementary School in Georgia!

In late November a team from AdvancEd conducted a review at Whitlow Elementary. The review team observed our classrooms, talked to our students about what they were learning, analyzed data and reviewed years of work we had done in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math to see our commitment to these standards. After spending several days with stakeholders including administration, parents, teachers, students, business partners, county office staff and members of the community they wrote a report and awarded Whitlow Elementary with STEM certification. Receiving this certification is a mark of distinction and excellence.

Coming soon... "Makerspace" in the media center

What’s a “makerspace”? A "makerspace" is an area in the media center where students can create, invent, explore, and design and learn. It is a self-directed area filled with materials and tools where students can have opportunities to use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Since obtaining our S.T.E.M. certification in November, 2015, the “makerspace” will further opportunities for independence, leadership and creativity among our students, using the four elements of S.T.E.M. along the way. This will be a permanent area of the media center, including boxes of supplies and two Lego wooden trays, filled with manipulatives for free play and problem-solving creations made exclusively by students. We will provide task cards to guide S.T.E.M. challenges at all times that will periodically change, however, students will be allowed to choose their own tasks and activities, using the 5-step engineering design process. The entire student body of about 1175 students will have access to this area.

The production and engagement levels of the students will serve as our measure of success as well as the amount of the “makerspace” usage among students. Constant and ongoing use of the “makerspace” by mentors/mentees, Watch Dog Dads, rewarded students, “Best Buddies” and all students, in general, will also be measured in numbers, levels of engagement and successful creations. Can’t wait to see what our Wolves create!!

Any donations will be accepted and appreciated!! Items needed include: tape (all kinds), paper, empty toilet paper/paper towel rolls, art/craft supplies, gently used building toys (such as Legos, Duplos, K’Nex, Tinkertoys, etc.), old computers, etc.)

Thanks in advance for your support!!

Mrs. Sexton

WES Media Specialist

Congratulations to these students for placing at the Tech Fair! Go Wolves!

1st place

MCGEE

GIBSON

3D Modeling (5,6)

1st place

PADULA

KATE

Device Modification (3,4)

1st place

SOROKA

JOEY

LITT

HUDSON

Robotics (3,4)

2nd Place

KALICHETI

KAVIN

Robotics (3,4)

2nd place

PULIPAKA

PRADYUN

Video Production (3,4)

3rd place

TADVAI

AMOGH

Game Design (3,4)

3rd place

ORT

SAMMY

Multimedia Applications (3,4)

2016 WORLD FESTIVAL EXPO INVITATION

Whitlow's First Lego League Jr. team got an invitation and will be participating in the World Championship between April 28 and 30,2016 at St. Louis, Missouri.

In 2015 season, about 400,000 kids participated from over 80 counties in the these competitions. We are so proud of our students.

Whitlow's Cardio Club is Off and Running!

Over 100 kids are running in our "Cardio Club" each week led by Coach Furstenberg . This club is for 3-5th grade students and occurs before school from 7:55- 8:15. Students keep track of their mileage, learn about major muscles and how to keep track of their heart rates. Students are also competing in the #billionmilerace sponsored by New Balance running.

Spring STEM Clubs Start Soon!

Spring Clubs are starting soon. Registration will be open February 8-February 19. Be sure to visit our school’s web page and Facebook page for all the details. Clubs will run six weeks and are only $35 per student. We are offering everything from arts and crafts, robots, sports, cooking and more! Be sure to sign up! You won’t want to miss the fun!

Jump Rope for heart event February 17th and 18th.

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