The STEM Lab

Linton Elementary

FIRST NINE WEEK NEWSLETTER

What is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The integration of these subjects provides opportunities for students to relate these concepts to real life scenarios. Students will be challenged to think outside the box to make viable solutions to real world problems. STEM education encourages students to think critically, increase ingenuity, and paves the way for future innovators.


Most importantly, it’s fun!


Your student attends STEM class as part of their Discovery rotation, once a week for forty-five minutes.

Growth Mindset

This first nine weeks our students have learned first hand the importance of having a growth mindset. Children (and adults!) will inevitably face challenging situations and even experience failure. Although emotions can instinctively tell us that things are "too hard" or perhaps even to give up, students have learned that F.A.I.L actually stands for: First Attempt In Learning! I love the way the following video explains how we all have the power to grow our minds.


https://youtu.be/WtKJrB5rOKs

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TEAMWORK

In addition, students have been practicing the invaluable skill of teamwork! STEM targets skills that employers seek and helps students build 21st century skills to become well qualified job candidates in the future. Check out some teamwork challenge pictures below!

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th through October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. During this month we celebrated Hispanic cultures by reading stories and collaborating on projects about Edson Arantes do Nascimento "Pele", Roberto Clemente, and Frida Kahlo.


Students also watched this inspiring story of Jose Hernandez and his journey of becoming an astronaut. Latinos are often under represented in the STEM work force but people like Jose Hernandez and Northside's STEM program are hoping to change that! (Start video at 0:33 sec)

Latino astronauts, engineers inspiring the next generation in STEM

Recyclable Donations

Please consider donating your recyclable items to STEM! We go through so much material your help would be VERY appreciated!! Currently accepting cereal boxes, rinsed out gallon jugs (can be milk, water, or juice), and paper towel rolls.


So far we have used 70 cereal boxes for soccer stadiums and cardboard mazes. About 100 paper towel rolls for apple trees and roller coasters.


I want to thank families who have already donated. I am very grateful for your support!


I will continue to collect items until further notice! Boxes for donations will be placed outside of the foyer for collection.

Did you know...

Potential earnings for STEM occupations are nearly double that of all other jobs in Texas. An Associate's degree in STEM earns between $75,000-$100,000. Slightly greater than those with a non-STEM bachelor's or master's degrees. Demand for middle-skill workers with STEM-related training continues to increase and jobs remain vacant.

(TWIC's Report Defining Middle-Skill STEM Occupations in Texas)

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