Our school is a Title I school and the student population is very diverse. While a large number of students are Hispanic, we also have students who identify as Southeast Asian, African, African American, and Caucasian. As my site's Science Enrichment teacher, I see all of our students from Grades 3, 4 and 5 - almost 250 altogether!
My students come to me excited to DO science!
This is why STE(A)M in my classroom is so great. It not only provides students with the opportunity to build on their English and math skills, but to use science learning to participate in an engineering activity. Upper elementary students are ready for something more challenging when it comes to hands-on engineering projects. Through developing skills as they work like scientists and engineers, these learners are also learning how to work in groups, share materials and make compromises. Every day they learn something new that helps them to become better students and future citizens of the world!
This Engineering Is Elementary kit will be perfect for our classroom engineering showcase project at the end of the year! Students will learn about severe weather events and then use these materials to conduct an engineering design project where they will make aid packets for supply deliveries. Through this design cycle, students will have to think about constraints for their projects and criteria that must be met. It will also be a great way for our students to gain understanding around how what they do here in San Diego can positively impact people who live in other parts of the world.
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