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Our Definition of S.T.E.A.M. Education

S: Physical and Social SCIENCES
T: Incorporation of TECHNOLOGY
E: Principles of ENGINEERING and Design
A: the ARTS
M: Application of MATHEMATICS

May Goals

Kindergarten/ First grade
Kindergarten and first grade students will explore engineering and science concepts related to building bridges. We will design, create and build different bridges with a variety of materials. We will be engaging in the engineering design process, problem solving, collaboration and communication as we create our structures.
Second Grade
Students will engineer cars using varying materials and redesign processes to explore friction, gravity and mass.
Third Grade
Students will explore, use and test simple machines with the goal of creating a more complex machine
Fourth Grade
Students will understand that water is recycled by natural processes on Earth.   Students will be able to demonstrate examples of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.  
Students will explore density and buoyancy through hands-on tasks.
Students will measure volume, length, and mass of objects.
Students will model earth's processes, including erosion and deposition.

March/April Goals

Kindergarten/First Grade
Kindergarten and first grade students are engaging in the engineering design process to solve problems. This month, students are reading various folktales and working together to design solutions to the challenges the characters face. For example, we are designing an elevator for Jack ("Jack and the Beanstalk"), a strong home for the pigs ("The Three Little Pigs") and a parachute for Rapunzel. Students are having fun applying their knowledge and skills as they persist through the design process.

Second Grade
Students will understand forces and motions as they design gravity powered cars

Third grade
Students will understand force and simple machines as they learn to design their own simple and complex machines.

Fourth Grade
Students will develop concepts of energy and electricity through designing, building, and testing of electric cars.

Fifth Grade
Students will be able to identify land forms and how they are shaped by interactions between air, water, and land. Students will identify different natural disasters and how they affect the earth and how humans have inadvertently affected the frequency and severity of different natural disasters.


December/January Goals
Introduction to Robotics and Code.org
Students will be able to create basic computer code to control a robot to do simple tasks.
Students will be able to demonstrate coding skills such as: loops, variables, complex sequencing and simultaneous coding.

Third Grade
December/January Goals
Introduction to Robotics and Code.org
Students will be able to create basic computer code to control a robot to do simple tasks.
Students will be able to demonstrate coding skills such as: loops, variables, complex sequencing and simultaneous coding.

Fourth Grade
December Goals:
Ecosystems-
Students will create food chains based on descriptions of animal roles in a given environment.
Students will conduct research on a given ecosystem.
Students will create a food web for a given ecosystem.

January Goals:
Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy
Students will be able to explain how humans positively and negatively impact their environments.
Students will conduct internet research on different types of energy used to power and heat our homes. 
Students will create windmills that can stand on their own and that have spinning blades.

Fifth Grade
December/January Goals
Unit: The Nature of Science - Scientific Method
Students will understand the scientific method by engaging in various experiments.
Students will observe how changing a variable affects the performance of an object.
Students will identify cause and effect relationships by conducting experiments.