STEM Newsletter

Science,Technology, Engineering, Math

September 2020

What is STEM Integration?

STEM Integration in K-12 Education

Edinburgh Middle School/ High School

Science Class

Students in this class are learning about Newton’s 1st law of Motion and put it into practice by completing a lab with dominoes. Students set up the dominoes different distances apart and recorded how long it took for the dominoes to fall. The dominoes were all at rest until pushed causing all the dominoes to fall.

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Computer Science Class

The pictures are from an 8th grade computer science class. We are using the Project Lead The Way curriculum.

Students are writing computer programs to make an LED screen light up in different patterns on a Micro Bit device. They are also testing the device using different conductors and various sensors.

East Side Elementary

Third Grade Wacky Wednesday

This past week, we were studying Newton's Laws.

The Edinburgh Fire Department is helping us teach "For every action, their is an equal and opposite reaction." The teachers also had scooter races powered by fire extinguishers

Learning from the Past

What happened?

A few students dug deeper to learn from the past.

Nearly 108 years ago the great Titanic plunged into the depths of the ocean. In 2020 we created that with the sinking of aluminum foil boats, styrofoam iceberg, and legos as passengers and crew. Many queries were answered as we studied, buoyancy, gravity, and weight. As a small group we relived the horrors of that fateful day and learned from our STEM recreation.

Spotlight on Jennifer Swanson a STEM Scientist

Jennifer began her writing career at the age of five when she wrote and illustrated books for her kindergarten class. A self-professed science geek, Jennifer has always been captivated by the world around her and is curious to understand how it works. As a young child she used to gather leaves and flowers and look at them under a microscope, wade through her backyard creek, and tromp through woods. She has carried that love of science her whole life.

Jennifer has a B.S. in chemistry from the U. S. Naval Academy and an M.S. Ed in K-8 science from Walden University. In addition to being an award-winning author, she is also a middle school science instructor for John Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth.


Jennifer also host a podcast on different topics.

Some of her interesting topics to choose from.

How Do You Live in Space?

How Can We Protect Sea Turtle Nest?

How Do you Fix a Helicopter with Dippity-Do?

How Do We Test a Rocket Without Blowing It Up?


This book is an old one (2015) but is still fun and be ordered on Amazon!
Brain Games Fun - Science Presentation for Kids

STEM newsletter

Compiled by Susan Pence

STEM coach

If you have anything you would like to highlight in your class about STEM please feel free to contact me.