Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics
Ross Definition of STEM Education
STEM education and learning focuses on the practical application of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Technology. STEM learning also bridges learning across all curriculums as a way to develop critic al thinking and problem solving skills. This learning must incorporate learning that is supported through art, humanities, and physical education. STEM learning nurtures and develops in each student a deeper understanding and practical application communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity so they can solve complex issues and excel in a global society.
Engineering Design Process
The engineering design process is a method by which teams of engineers or scientists work together to develop solutions to problems. As with scientific investigations it is important to first identify the problem that needs to be addressed. Within the engineering design process, it is also necessary to consider the design constraints that must be met and the overall desired outcome of the final product. A major step in the design process is the testing and modifications that a model or prototype must undergo until the final design is approved. Within the steps of the engineering design process is it often necessary to return to previous steps and readdress the problem from a different angle. Below you will find a diagram of the general steps followed within the design process as well as a brief description of each step.
Here are some of the great STEM things we will be working in the classrooms:
The Earth / Geology
Living World, Habitats
Forces and Magnetism
Rocks / Minerals
Early American Inventions/Inventors
Revolution – Inventions
Discovering and Developing Inventions
Westward Expansion and the innovations that helped pave the way
Civil War / Reconstruction – inventions that made life better
Chaperone Forms and Information
3rd Grade Field Trips Sign Up
Jungle Book – Imagination Stage
Students will attend Imagination Stage’s Jungle Book. This field trip does not require much walking as we are taking buses directly to the location. Students must bring a lunch.
National Building Museum: City by Design
From the National Building Museum website: “Students become city planners by planning, then constructing an imaginary city. Guided by a museum educator, students begin to see connections between school curriculum and community issues.”
Chaperones will meet at Ross at 9:00. They will then guide the students on the metro. The metro is right across the museum.
Museum of Natural History: Exploring Ecosystems
Students will be learning about habitats in a discovery room at the museum. Chaperones will meet at Ross at 9:00 to take the students on the metro. The walk from there to the museum is a half mile.
Imagination Stage: Charlotte’s Web
Students will witness the beloved classic brought into life. Chaperones will meet at Ross at 9:30. The walk from the metro to the stage is a half mile.
Imagination Stage: Prince & Pauper Bollywood
Students will witness the Bollywood adaptation of the classic Mark Twain novel. Chaperones will meet at Ross at 9:30. The walk from the metro to the stage is a half mile.
National Building Museum: Architecture 101
From the National Building Museum Website: “Students become architects and practice the skills architects use every day. Guided by a museum educator, the students practice drawing, model-making and examining the world around them.” Chaperones will meet at Ross at 9:00. They will then guide the students on the metro. The metro is right across the museum.