My kindergarten technology students are very excited as they come to the technology lab twice a week. They are eager and ready to learn!
We are striving to be a STEM lab where education is active and focused on student-centered learning.
Our school is unique because we are strictly a kindergarten school with thirteen classrooms. We have a total enrollment of around 220 students who range from low to middle-income families. We have a diverse population made up of African-American, Hispanic, White and Indian children. Our school is a Title I school where many of the students receive free or reduced-price lunches. Many of our students do not have access to computers at home. They are anxious to come to school to experience using technology.
With STEM learning, students address real-life issues through questioning, problem-solving, collaboration, and hands-on activities. In STEM education, teachers guide students through the problem-solving process while allowing the students to drive the lesson. STEM proficient students are able to apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content while developing solutions for real-world problems. According to the STEM Standards of Practice Framework, STEM proficient students are logical thinkers, effective communicators and are technological, scientifically, and mathematically literate.
Elementary students love interactive, hands-on STEM activities.
Kids have a natural interest and curiosity in exploring how things work.
In a student-centered instructional setting where students are presented with open-ended STEM problems, the kids easily jump into the activities, work together, and share ideas with one another. Elementary-age students love doing STEM activities. As a teacher, I want to foster this love at a young age. In order for students to be prepared in fields of math, science and technology, STEM education needs to be a priority long before a child reaches high school age.
As a teacher of a STEM lab, I hope to order STEM Kits like Lakeshore's STEM Science Stations, Deisgn and Play STEAM Kits, Learn to Code Games, Create-A-Chain Reaction Kit, Ozobot Kits, and Little Bits Code Kit to promote critical thinking skills and foster the natural curiosity of kids in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
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