Sunday, October 30, 2016


What is STEAM?

An acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math, STEAM education provides experiences for student inquiry in these subjects.  Designed to encourage higher level thinking, STEAM is a hands-on learning approach.

And lucky for our student population, Miss Kolis, a teacher in our building wrote an amazing grant and opened a STEAM lab in our building.  2nd and 3rd grade students participate in Maker's Club projects and a P.O.W. - Project of the Week is provided for all students.

Last week, we participated in the pumpkin investigation.  Miss Kolis setup hands-on learning stations, using resources from her grant and online resources.  Students used this booklet to record data.

Collaboration and communication are a major focus with STEAM activities.  During our hourlong session, I observed highly energized conversations as students rotated through seven stations.  Although I am having problems with my camera, I managed to take a few pictures of students working together.

Grab a handful of seeds and describe how it feels.

Art - sketching pumpkins

Smell and taste station

Describe the pumpkin

Measure the pumpkin using standard and nonstandard measuring tools

Investigate - sink or float

Measure - predict, then weigh the pumpkin

The STEAM room allows students to make discoveries and connections across the curriculum.  I am grateful to Miss Kolis for generously sharing grant materials that allow students to participate in rich, engaging learning activities!

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