We invite you to join us at our STEM Fair night on Thursday, February 2nd from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Each classroom will have different Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities to share. Let you child be your travel guide as you go from classroom to classroom and experience different interactive STEM activities with your child. We hope to see everyone at the STEM Fair!
Earlier this month Mrs. Kemp and Mrs. Keys attended the National Science Teachers Association Conference. They are excited to share they knowledge the gained and the insights into ways to implement the framework of the new science standards into the classroom. The NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) call for studetns to routinely participate in extended science and engineering investigations that engage them in authentic practices while learing about disciplinary core ideas and making connections the the croscutting concepts. We are excited to have our students delve into science with a hand-on approach.
Mr. Hernandez recently had 7th grade math students make scale models of their dream houses. Students were invited to draw their dream house. They then drew a scale drawing of the house. They were able to determine the scale and how big the final model would be. Students then had the opportunity to bring their drawings to life and create a 3D scale model. Students used foam board to give their house good rigidity, lightness and to make it easy to work with. Students made many discoveries in the build phase as they learned about the difficulties of engineering, measurement and attention to detail. It was a great project which the students really enjoyed.
Mrs. Kemp has been working hard to find interesting and engaging ways for students to get excited about Science. Our 7th and 8th grade students spent time learning about many different scientists from the past last month and culminated their learning by hosting the "Dead Scientist Society" on Halloween. Students dressed up as the scientist they had studied and presented what they learned.
We also recently purchase more new equipment to spark STEM learning. Students will have an opportunity to learn coding and programing, and engineering with our new Sphero SPK+ kits, Ozobots, and Makey Makey kits.
Over the summer St. Matthew Catholic School was able to purchase some new science equipment. The purchase was made possible by a generous grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The new equipment from Vernier Software and Technology includes motion detectors, sensors and probes as well as curriculum. The Vernier middle school curriculum includes experiments complete with materials lists, step-by-step instructions, data tables, and questions; as well as the required motion detectors, sensors and probes. The program will provide the tools needed to perform comprehensive experiments within the Earth science, life science, and physical science disciplines. St. Matthew is dedicated on bringing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to the forefront of its curriculum.