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New STEM Opportunities with Scholastic!

The CMSD Fab Lab is looking for interested K-12 Teachers to participate in our new STEM Scholastic programs! Each program includes different Scholastic materials that will pair with STEM extension activities for you to do with your students. Please read through the program options below.

If you would like to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, please respond to Sarah Wallace with your name, school, grades/subject taught and which program interests you most.

STEAM and SEL in Fiction (K-5)

Scholastic has partnered with a unique group of STEAM mentors to curate a collection of fictional stories that shatter misconceptions about girls and women as leaders in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. While these stories focus on female characters, they are appropriate and exciting for readers of any gender. These texts provide students and educators with an opportunity to celebrate inspiring stories of critical thinking and innovation.

Aligned to the CASEL framework, the books and teaching materials build a strong classroom community that enables deep discussions about social justice, inclusivity, and empathy for others.

Each grade level kit from Scholastic includes the materials below. The CMSD Fab Lab will also work with any participating teacher to create a hands-on STEAM learning experience for their students to accompany the texts.

  • 50 books (25 titles including 5 anchor texts, 2 copies each)
  • Teaching Cards (1 per anchor text)
  • Teacher's Guide
  • Access to Digital Resources Website
  • Attractive storage bins
  • Labeling stickers

To learn more about the grade level options, please visit this Scholastic page.

Middle School Mentors Reading Program with STEM Stories (6-8)

Using My Books Everyday STEM packs, your Middle School students can pair with younger students in grades PreK - 3 and Read aloud to them. This will build a community within your school and allow students to enjoy and become more comfortable reading.

Participating Middle School teachers will receive an Every Day Book Box for which ever grade they are choosing to partner with. Everyday Book Box features five 50-book collections of leveled fiction and nonfiction titles. Each box includes 50 individual titles and 1 CD filed with Black Line masters for in-class activities. With no title overlap between collections these sets are ideal for English language learners or for expanding your classroom library!

The CMSD Fab Lab will also work with the teachers to facilitate a hands-on STEAM learning experience with the Middle School and Elementary students to complete together.

Fab with Scholastic News (PreK-12)

These print & digital teaching tools do more than supplement your curriculum. They build knowledge, spark curiosity and ignite a passion for reading and learning. Each month, teachers will receive a class set (32) of grade level magazines along with a large library of digital learning tools. Scholastic News magazines are full of nonfiction readings over a variety of subjects and current events. This wonderful resource is a fantastic place to find opportunities for cross-curricular project based learning and interdisciplinary units.

Each month participating teachers will receive an additional FAB learning opportunity for their students to engage with.

Click here to learn more about Scholastic News.

STEAM Project Proposal

The CMSD Fab Lab is excited to support CMSD teachers while they bring their STEAM projects to life in their classrooms. Complete the short form below to submit your STEAM project proposal. Your proposal will be reviewed and the CMSD Fab Lab will do it's best to support your project with existing materials or machines in the STEM Lab or purchase additional materials up to $500 per teacher.

  • Form must be completed by a CMSD, school based educator
  • projects can be for any subject, grade level or extra curricular as long as it has a STEAM content connection
  • Materials must be able to be purchased from approved vendors
  • Teachers will need to provide photos of completed projects to share

STEAM Project Proposal Form

February Fab Lab Events

Fab Lab Materials Pick Up

Are you interested in doing paper circuits with your students this year? Or would you like to 'check out' a class set of Makey Makeys? Or borrow a heat press or button maker? Have you already borrowed a 3D printer or Vinyl cutter from the Fab Lab but need more filament or vinyl? Would you like to stop by and say 'Hi' and see what we've got going on?!

Wednesday February 9th from 3-5pm

Only 5 teachers are allowed to be in the EPC STEM Lab at once. Please use the link below to sign up for a time slot.

The EPC STEM Lab is in room 204 of the East Professional Center

CMSD Fab Lab Event Sign Up

Fab Lab Training, at your own Pace

Are you interested in borrowing a 3D printer or desktop Vinyl Cutter from the CMSD Fab Lab to use in your own classroom?

You can complete virtual introductions to 3D printing and or Vinyl Cutting at your own pace! Each training will cover the ins and outs of the technology and how it can be used in your classroom and receive a simple introduction to Silhouette Studio, a free software you and your students can use to create projects of your own.

You can watch a recording of an intro Zoom session and then work through a set of 'homework activities' before coming into the EPC Fab Lab and to set up a 3D printer or Vinyl cutter to borrow for your own classroom.

Click here to register for either event.

Please let Sarah Wallace know if you have any specific questions.

Find more project ideas, lessons and other teacher resources online!

Please forward this to any CMSD teacher or administrator who you think should see it!

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