I teach in rural northern California at two different elementary school campuses, a K-3rd school, and a 4th-5th grade school. Over sixty percent of our students are second language learners and 70% or more of our students live in poverty. I love coming to work each day because I know that we offer our students a safe and happy place where they can learn and have fun. I also know that our students are eager to learn and experience new things.
When students visit our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) lab, we focus on hands-on, engaging activities.
We might extract DNA, build bridges, study the parts of a plant, or create art. We also have a makerspace at each campus. This is a place where our students create, communicate, think critically, and collaborate. Students are able to design their own learning. Some students might be learning to sew, while others are building with LEGO bricks or blocks, working with wood, or painting. Our makerspace is a student favorite on both campuses.
Our students love the school MakerSpace. This is a place where they create, communicate, and collaborate on projects that interest them.
Our cardboard zone in the MakerSpace is a kid favorite!
Community members donate boxes and our students create. They make marble mazes, cars, playgrounds, puppet theaters, robots, cities... with the boxes. The only frustrating part is the cutting and attaching of various boxes. The cardboard cutters, and cardboard screws will help ease the frustration. The books might offer inspiration to an aspiring builder. With your help, our cardboard zone will be a frustration free area. An area where our students can communicate and collaborate to create beautiful structures!
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