This year I have the privilege of teaching first-fifth grade students who have been identified as gifted learners. We are a Title I campus, which services many students who speak English as a second language and many students receive free and reduced-price lunch. I work hard to help these students get ahead in life, doing whatever it takes to make them feel comfortable and safe at school.
I want to support my students' learning and interests by providing them opportunities to explore and investigate math and science topics as well as activities to learn how STEM is used in the real world.
The money donated for this project will provide an opportunity for the GT students from their Elementary to go on a field trip to iFly Woodlands.
The field trip will focus on an interactive STEM presentation delivered by iFly STEM Educator, a physics demonstration in the wind tunnel, and a classroom experiment to investigate the effects of parachute parameters on a flight.
Students will receive flying instructions as well as safety training. Students will have flying time with one-on-one supervision from a highly-trained and certified instructor. Pre and post-field activities will be conducted.
The learning objectives addressed in this field trip are the following:
- increasing awareness of exciting STEM careers
- learning how STEM is used in the real-world
- understanding the differences between solids and fluids
- analyzing the effects of different forces on an object
- planning investigations and defining variables in an experiment
- measuring and recording data
- interpreting results
- understanding variability, uncertainty, and error in experimental results
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