S.T.E.M.

SCIENCE

Science at Ross

Science at Ross creates a space for students to make sense of phenomena in the natural and designed world. The goal of Ross’s science programming is to build 21st century learners by igniting curiosity, provoking thinking and problem-solving, and developing global consciousness. 

STEM at Home

Want to extend science learning at home?

Find resources below.

STEM in the City

In order to prioritize health and safety. We will not be doing STEM for the CITY during the 2021-2022 school year. We look forward to continuing this tradition next year!

TECHNOLOGY

Technology at Ross

Technology is an integral learning tool at Ross. Students in Pre-K-5 grade utilize both iPads and computers to enhance how they access information, engage in new learning, and express what they’ve learned. Technology provides students with more choice and invites students to take more ownership of their learning. 

Technology Enrichments

While technology is utilized through out the day, students in 2nd – 3rd grade have the opportunity to join Coding Club before school to learn the foundations of Coding.

ENGINEERING

Engineering at Ross

Engineering is woven throughout our learning to apply our scientific knowledge to solve real world problems. We use the Engineering Design Process to guide our engineering projects. The engineering process also helps us build perseverance as plan, test, and improve our designs.  

 

Engineering Design Process

Engineering Enrichments

Engineering is integrated into our science learning in the classroom. It is also a central component of our Makerspace (K-1) and Genius Hour (4-5) Enrichments offered before school.

MATH

Math At Ross

Mathematicians at Ross are intentional, flexible, and persistent problem solvers who engage in complex, real-world problems in order to think critically about mathematics in a diverse society. Ross mathematicians value math, take ownership of the problem-solving process and understand the connections of math in the real world to be voices for social justice. Ross mathematics teachers are experts who embrace the identities, abilities and interests of their mathematicians while understanding our changing society to provide rigorous instruction to all students.

Habits of Our Mathematicians

  • Express their ideas through discourse & visual representations 
  • Respect and value the ideas and views of others 
  • Use metacognition 
  • Persevere through problem solving 
  • Attend to precision 
  • Use critical thinking 
  • Maintain a growth mindset 

Support Your Mathematician at Home

DCPS Programs through Clever:

First in Math (great for fluency), iReady Personalized Instruction (based on your child’s individual needs), Zearn (aligned to Eureka Math) 

Skills to practice at home:  

  • Counting objects in a set 
  • Skip counting (2s, 3s, 4s, etc) 
  • Counting by tens from a number not ending in 0 (example, 5, 15, 25, 35…) 
  • Basic Fact Fluency for each of the operations 
  • Addition/subtraction within 20 
  • Multiplication/division with factors to 12 
  • Telling time on digital and analog clocks 
  • Using multiplication/division/fractions in the kitchen 
  • Measuring cups/spoons 
  • Cutting things into equal parts 
  • Sharing something equally among family members