Before Christmas break, students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in a school wide E-STEAM/STEM project that had them sculpting with all sorts of confections in order to learn a variety of concepts and skills.
E-STEAM stands for entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art and agriculture and math. For many years, we have worked diligently to make our curriculum and campus a true E-STEAM environment. We teach students that science, math, and technology skills are essential for becoming 21st Century citizens and are deeply integrated within the activities of entrepreneurship and agriculture, as well as language, music, and visual arts. Our philosophy of education is built upon the idea that young learners need to be exposed to a broad array of rich learning experiences. This means that in addition to the regular in class E-STEAM/STEM environment and projects, our incredible team of educators implement several school wide events each school year.
This year teachers and students are gearing up for the summer Olympics by investigating different countries around the world. Each class has chosen a country to study and represent throughout the school year. This overarching theme will tie in current events to classroom studies and be used in conjunction with subjects across the board. For example, in October many students created scarecrows that were theme related. We are currently planning an end of the year culmination to the country related focus that is similar to an international fair. Our field day will also pay tribute to the Olympic spirit.
The school wide E-STEAM/STEM gingerbread project also tied into this overarching theme. Each grade built gingerbread structures related to a country they are studying. Kindergarten built structures related to Australia. First grade focused on Italy. Second grade focused on China. Third grade focused on France. Fourth grade focused on Mexico. Fifth grade focused on Great Britain. Sixth grade on Greece. Seventh grade focused on Russia and eighth grade on United States.
Notice the Eiffel Tower!
Empire State Building complete with King Kong!
The students have made connections with historic landmarks and their locations though exhaustive research and study. Spending time researching, designing, building, troubleshooting, working with teammates and presenting to others has taught important skills!