We believe that learning is part of life, with this in mind, we try to bring our STEAM Lab to life and avoid worksheets at all costs. Our students are consistently engaged in as many hands-on investigations as possible.
Our student body is incredibly diverse.
We are a Title I junior high school with students who come from some of our least affluent neighborhoods. Many of these students have little or no experience with science in Kindergarten through 6th grade. This is a serious problem and we do all that we can to provide nine years of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) activities in only the two years that students attend our school.
Our students have a strong desire to learn about our world and the ways that STEAM ideas come to life. We are facing serious problems with our environment and ecosystems; our students today will be the decision makers of tomorrow. It is critical that we provide access to relevant STEAM information that connects learning with their daily lives.
Our students love to create computer-aided design (CAD) projects and then 3D print them to bring them to life. Over time, there is natural wear and tear on the 3D printers. These changes and breakdowns are a perfect opportunity to teach our students how the printers work and how to fix them. One of the most common issues is that the thermistor (like a thermometer) stops accurately reporting temperatures. This prevents the printer from working properly. Over time the little fans also get clogged and break down, requiring replacement. The PEI sheets are used as the build surface on most of our printers, and the blue tape works on the others. Occasionally we have to replace the entire "hot end" which is where the filament is melted and extruded, thus the replacement hot ends.
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