McPherson's STEM Lab

Project Lead the Way


Structure and Function: Human Body

Kinder students are considering why different parts of our bodies have different structures and functions. They make observations as they interact with models and describe the structure of each part. Communication helps students connect with how each structure is related to the overall function of the organ.

1st Grade

Animal Adaptations

Students are exploring five different environments: the Arctic, the African Savanna, the Sahara Desert, the Pacific Ocean, and the Amazon Rainforest. They are investigating two organisms that live in each of these environments and are explaining the variety of adaptations that each of these organisms have to help them survive in each environment.

2nd Grade

Properties of Matter

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

3rd Grade

Science of Flight

3rd grade students are learning about the forces involved in flight as well as Newton's Laws of Motion. In this activity they had the opportunity to add forces to a teeter-totter system to explore the causes of motion and stability. Then students had hands-on practice while learning about four important forces of flight.

4th Grade

Input/Output: Human Brain

At the end of every module, students apply the skills and knowledge they have learned to help solve a real world problem. 4th graders were tasked to use their knowledge of the brain to design, plan, and create videos to raise awareness about concussions, and educate their peers on the importance of early identification or how concussions can be prevented.

5th Grade

Infection: Modeling and Simulation

This module has students discovering how modeling and simulation provide powerful insight into complex systems. Students will build their own simple computer models, and learn that computers are essential tools because they can calculate and display information about a system.

6th Grade

Design and Modeling

6th grade students learn to use 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.