I work at a large, inner-city school that has a very diverse population. Our school currently has almost six hundred students with eighty-seven percent being classified as high needs. We are home to one of our city's SAIL programs for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Thirty five percent of our students have learning disabilities and forty-nine percent do not have English as a first language. Our student poverty level is sixty-two percent.
Being the STEM teacher in my building, I service all students and need to address the many challenges that teaching this wonderfully, diverse population presents.
STEM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons that make math and science both fun and interesting. STEM class is a wonderful way for students to find success in the classroom as they use creative and alternative solutions to real world problems.
STEM is an acronym for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. STEM activities are vital in making students critical thinkers and problem solvers.
The goal of my project is for my students, through an interdisciplinary and applied approach, to be able to apply the STEM skills they learn into finding solutions to real-life problems.
I am asking for Building Brick STEM Challenge Kit - Pre K‑Gr. 1 which will give my students a fun new way to develop their STEM skills with building bricks which allow them to construct a bridge for a car to cross, to creating a marble maze. The STEM Bundle - K-Gr. 1 kIt has lessons and hands-on activities using magnets, movement, simple machines and programming robots with suggestions of careers they can explore using the skills and processes they have explored.
Using these STEM Building Kits, my students will have opportunities to create and design projects based on the Engineering Design Process with connections to real life situations.
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