October 22, 2018
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STEM: Science Technology Engineering and Math – a hot topic in education! Why is STEM such a big deal? STEM instruction is critical because it integrates multiple content areas and encourages students engage in the Engineering and Design Process where students ASK, IMAGINE, PLAN, CREATE, IMPROVE to complete STEM Challenges.
Our STEM Labs are staffed by two Gifted-Certified teachers who have taken extensive time to write engaging and relevant curriculum that focuses on higher order thinking skills.
We are fortunate that our Foundation fully funds our TWO STEM Labs. What does fully funding our STEM labs mean?
- Furniture: collaborative tables and stools
- Robots: Ozobots, Sphero, BeeBots, Cubetto, and more
- Purposeful play: multiple games, puzzles, brain teasers, logical thinking challenges
- Building materials: LEGO, Keva Planks, Suspend, Jr
- Coding: BeeBots, LittleBits, Raspberry Pi Lab, Training for Mrs. Reyes @ PiCademy in Michigan
- ALL STEM Day supplies for two annual STEM Days
- Classroom consumable materials for both STEM Labs
TWO STEM Labs also means that all students cycle through STEM every four school days. Students are immersed in technology skills that include computer navigation (logging in, mouse/touchpad skills, basic keyboarding, computer care, etc.) required by grade level standards. Students are also exposed to grade level science standards, and are immersed in higher order thinking as they have multiple hands-on and minds-on opportunities to inquire, build, and improve! Coding is an emphasis in STEM –and students move from offline coding with activities that help them understand logical thinking to online coding using Scratch, RaspberryPi, SonicPi,Python, live coding music, and more – as developmentally appropriate.
Annually, two STEM Days allow students extended time to engage in the Engineering and Design Process – where they are challenged to solve a problem and create a working product! Our Foundation supplies all material for STEM Days! Our first STEM Day will take place on Friday, November 16th and our second on Friday, February 15th!
Please check your child’s Seesaw account to review images and video of all the amazing learning taking place in the STEM Labs!
The STEM Fair takes place on Tuesday, 10/23 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. We are excited to see the self-directed learning and
projects each student participating has designed. This annual event is fun, engaging, and allows our Buccaneers to research an area of passion and present their findings. We hope to see you there!
Foundation Website: https://www.mbesf.org/