Students in grades 3-5 have been enjoying STEM activities in the media center, thanks to the genorosity of our PTO and private donors for helping to purchase furniture, ipads, a SMARTboard Interactive display, and supplies.
Our students have been learning about the Engineer Design process by participating in STEM activities. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and by applying their knowledge of these components students were able to complete a series of challenges. For example, creating a structure with a small base, making an electrical circuit that uses a switch and a sensor, building paper structures that must stand on their own, and writing computer code to solve problems. All of these challenges serve to extend student knowledge of classroom concepts and to give them a chance to improve their communication and collaboration skills.
The addition of STEM to our media program curriculum is an important step in preparing our students to be "future-ready." Students are learning how to implement the 4C's: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking which are the building blocks to 21st century learning.
Thanks again to the PTO and to the families who have so generously donated their time and money to see the STEM program become a reality at Marvin Elementary.