My students need a plant growth Sprout and Go Window in order to complete a STEM instructional unit on plant growth and a rolling storage cabinet in order to store all STEM kits and materials.
I am a teacher in a low-income inner-city school region with a large population of immigrant refugee families from a variety of Latin American countries including Cuba, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Honduras, and several others. Our school is a Title 1 school. My students are faced with many challenges, both in and out of the classroom.
Many students in our school qualify and enter our school through the Head Start Program, which is available for children who are from families with incomes below the poverty guidelines, children from homeless families, and/or families receiving public assistance.
Last year, our school, students and their families were affected by several hurricanes. Some families lost their homes and had to relocate into our school community/district. Regardless of their challenges, though, the majority of the students are very determined and eager to succeed. In spite of their personal experiences most of my students are very active, enthusiastic learners who possess a thirst for knowledge.
We need a STEM plant kit and storage cabinet with wheels in order to engage in in-class STEM collaborative activities. Hands-on STEM experiences are of paramount importance to the learning process across all areas of study. It is my goal to create a STEM activity center using the storage cabinet on wheels and plant manipulatives requested in conjunction with existing STEM materials that we have in the classroom.
"STEM is a curriculum based on the concept of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach."Elaine J.
Hom. I would love to have an activity area in our classroom where students can freely collaborate, experiment and create projects. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate subjects, it is my goal to integrate them into a cohesive learning program based on real-world applications at the collaborative activity center with storage cabinet. It is my goal that during a plants unit of study, for instance, that the students visit the activity center in order to engage in interdisciplinary, collaborative, hands-on activities on a rotating basis in small groups using the materials requested. By working together in group situations my students will be able to take ownership of the subject matter. In the activity center they will develop communication and teamwork skills and work together to pool their expertise, knowledge and skills.
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