Week of May 3, 2021
Working together; succeeding together.
Don't Forget....No School On Monday!! See you Tuesday!
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STEM at PPCS
I once heard a speaker say that we need to prepare our kids for jobs that don't yet exist. This seems like an exercise of the impossible, but t is our task as educators nonetheless.
Today, as I prepared lunches I was made aware of how fast the world has changed as I read a recipe from my phone, watched Netflix on my iPad, and dictated by grocery list to Siri. None of that even existed 10 years ago and much of it didn't exist 5 years ago. How can we hope to prepare our students to be competitive in a world that changes that fast. The answer is STEM. STEM provides students with experiences and skills that they can transfer into a rapidly changing and evolving world.
At PPCS we have been dabbling in STEM for a couple of years, but have greatly increased opportunities for students this year. As I highlighted in a previous Bear Blast, Mr. Riley has brought 3D printing and computer-aided design into our PAA classes. ost recently, Mr Mielke and Mrs. Irving have been trying a pilot robotics program with the grade 1s as part of their social studies and math programs. This was also highlighted in a previous Bear Blast, showing the grade 1s working with the Mouse Bots. Recently, they have been introduced to Edison Bot; a slightly more complex robot that introduces students to a simple computer programming language (scratch). We have been working on coordinates and how to provide instruction to Edison Bot to get him to move from point A to point B with accuracy. On Friday, we combined the 3D printing with what they had learned about robots, the grade 1s were given a demo of the 3D printers and even designed a small project. They had lots of great questions and were very interested in what the technology could do. Stay tuned for further adventures into STEM with a variety of grades in the coming weeks and months.
March Mathness 2021 Winners Autum S and Hannah S!!!
Grade 2/3 PE Park Tour
Story Time with Mr. Mielke
May 4, 7:00pm, PPCS Facebook page.
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May the 4th be with you.