STEM Videos from my YouTube Page
In the elementary and middle schools, the science in STEM typically refers to one out of the three major branches of science: natural sciences which includes earth science, biology, physics, astronomy, and chemistry.
Here at Gravenstein, we will touch on all of these disciplines with hands on labs and experiments. Each of the lab's difficulty and complexity will be scaled to the appropriate grade level.
It's difficult to mention the other three disciplines without mentioning math. Math is present in science, technology, and engineering. There is no real good definition of math, but generally consists of numbers, number theory, logic, calculations, measurements, shapes, and their movement.
Most all of our STEM experiments incorporate math in one way or the other. There will be a few labs we do that are purely math like logic games.
Coding, coding, coding. That is one of the first things people think when we talk STEM. However, technology goes much further than that. In the olden days (10,000 years ago), technology was developing and using simple tools. Technology includes all tools, machines, utensils, weapons, instruments, housing, clothing, communicating and transporting devices and the skills by which we produce and use them; presently, we generally define technology as an applied science, making something that is useful.
At Gravenstein, we will focus on coding (mostly Ozobots), the Google suite of products, Chromebooks, and iPads. However, we will explore some of the simple tools (level, wedge, pulley) and see how these simple technological marvels make life easier every day.
Check out this video for your introduction to coding!
Engineering is the design and building of machines, structures, and other things, including bridges, roads, vehicles, and buildings. Engineering can get even more specific with different applied sciences. There are six main types of engineering: mechanical, chemical, civil, electrical, management, and geotechnical. Each of those has hundreds of different subcategories.
Here at Gravenstein, we'll explore how to build using simple materials: sand and dirt. We'll explore how people used and still use mud bricks to build houses and structure, and how we can improve on their designs.
5th Grade STEM "Snaps"
Photos of our 5th Graders exploring STEM at Gravenstein Elementary.
Fourth Grade STEM "Snaps"
Photos of our 4th Graders exploring STEM at Gravenstein Elementary.
Kinder STEM "Snaps"
Photos of our Kinder students exploring STEM at Gravenstein Elementary.
TK STEM "Snaps"
Photos of our TK students exploring STEM at Gravenstein Elementary.