Our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) labs are a hub of innovation and creativity. It is a place where students are free to question, be curious, try new things, fail dramatically, and persevere to success. Most of my students aren't exposed to STEAM technologies and skills at home.
The STEAM lab is preparing our students to successfully compete in a global workplace dominated by STEAM.
Since our launch in September of last year, I have seen an increase in engagement, curiosity, and persistence not only in STEAM, but school-wide. Students have embraced the design cycle and inquiry thought process to learn in big ways.
The only thing holding them back is our lack of financial resources to fund our STEAM lab. Our school continually faces budget cuts as a part of the Chicago Public School system, and the STEAM Lab needs new technology and curricular materials in order to grow and succeed. Students are excited to walk into the STEAM lab every day, despite this reality, and I hope give them resources that will fuel their enthusiasm, and grow their curiosity.
These mentor texts will be read together as a class, and students will then engage in STEAM challenges related to the topic and storyline that we have read. Students will develop problem solving and creativity skills and engage in science and engineering practices. The Picture Perfect STEM book will guide our explorations. We will create genius gizmos, train bridges, magnetic mazes, lever launchers and smart houses to name a few projects! Once projects are completed they will be displayed in the classroom and the hallway to show to their peers.
The Picture Perfect STEM K-2 activity guide, picture books and accompanying projects will give all Pre-K-2 students an opportunity to participate in fun, engaging, and purposeful STEAM!
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