Our kids want to learn and they dream big, but sometimes our kids find it difficult to connect their dreams to the real world and imagine what life could be like if they could achieve anything. I teach 5th grade math and science and we are adding more and more engineering into our everyday science curriculum. The more hands on experiences our students have, the better scientists they are becoming.
Our school is mostly made up of low to middle class working families.Our school is over 50% free and reduced lunch.
Many of my students miss out on opportunities that others take for granted on a daily basis.I have the privilege of exposing them to hands on projects that will help shape them into the great thinkers, mathematicians, inventors, and engineers of tomorrow!
Many of my students want to know “how does this material relate to what my future holds. Many of them do not realize there is a whole world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities out there for them. I would like to have STEM materials/activities for my students to work on so they are able to create, innovate and invent structures and machines. The Ozobot Bit 2.0 will help my students learn to code and create programs. The Intro to Structures and Bridges will introduce my 5th grade students to the function, structural design, geometry and strength of bridges while providing opportunities for them to use a hands-on, inquiry-based approaches. The Magformers and Magna Tiles help to create cubes, pyramids, unlimited geometric shapes, leading from two-dimensional to advanced 3-D thinking patterns. Our Snap Circuits will help my students discover how electronics, radios, and simple robots work!
Engaging children in in-depth investigations helps to draw meaning and understanding from the experience.
S.T.E.M. projects help answer this question by encouraging students to use math and science to solve real-world problems. Maybe they are using area and perimeter to design an amusement park blueprint or planning a family vacation using math and critical thinking. Many S.T.E.M. projects offer the skills in a real-world context. They will be able practice solving problems that don’t necessarily have a single “right” answer. They practice trial and error and how to come up with creative solutions. They get to practice varying thinking and adaptability. These are all skills that can be applied in all areas of life. Students learn by doing, and with many S.T.E.M. projects, students are using tools and science materials. They are solving problems or constructing structures, not just reading about them or answering questions.
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