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STEM is coming to Western Union

I am excited to share with you that we will be offering a new “special” for our students next school year. In addition to Art, Music and PE, our students will have STEM as a special every week. I am sure some of you may be asking, What is STEM? or Why a STEM class? Well, let me explain a little bit of what it is and why it is so important.

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. All of these elements are so important as they pervade every part of our lives. STEM education helps to create critical thinkers, problem solvers and innovators. These skills can be used throughout life, regardless of the profession they choose to follow. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy.  

“In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” (National Science Foundation

Our classroom will have a “focus on fun” attitude while we try to provide activities that involve experimentation, discovery, building things, and increasing student’s natural curiosity. Students will be challenged while engaging in interesting and hands on tasks at their level.   

We are in need of some items that hopefully you may find around your home or at the dollar store. If you are willing to donate some items here are some we could use to help us get started.  You can bring your donations to the office.  Our summer office hours are Monday - Thursday 8 am - 4 pm.

  • Legos
  • empty cereal boxes
  • measuring cups and measuring spoons
  • gallon, quart and pint containers
  • post it notes
  • metric rulers and yardsticks
  • string and yarn
  • magnifying glasses
  • safety goggles
  • scales of all kinds
  • thermometers
  • foil trays
  • magnets
  • newspapers
  • tubes -- paper towel, wrapping paper, and toilet paper tubes
  • plastic containers
  • twist ties
  • LED lights
  • toothpicks
  • jelly beans.        Thank you for your help!          
Written by: Kristi Williford, Principal