S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)

Steam-HeaderCurrently there is a deficiency of college students that are qualified for the many technical jobs that are available, and the amount of jobs requiring science, technology, engineering, Art and math will only increase in the years to come.  Engaging students by collaboration enhances learning with a togetherness component. In an effort to prepare our GSLS students for a job market that is increasingly dependent upon technological expertise, we have implemented a STEAM program for all grade levels. We also incorporate STEAM projects in all areas through out the curriculum.

Our 3’s Preschool through 8th grade students will do at least one STEAM project in the fall and one in the spring that involves research, defining a problem, finding a solution and testing the results of the solution. Our middle school students will have STEAM lessons throughout the year where they will be exposed to numerous opportunities to explore, investigate, compare, and validate their findings.

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  • 3’s Preschool discussing building materials of ” The Three Little Pigs”
  • 4’s Preschool will read the book “Iggy Peck: architect” and post photos of different types of buildings.
  • Kindergarten construct 3-dimensional Structure
  • 1st grade uses a cupcake experiment to teach the scientific method
  • 2nd grade works on Newspaper Pyramids
  • 3rd grade Build a Bird
  • 4th grade design a Rube Goldberg Building
  • 5th grade design vehicles for an Isaac Newton Unit…Demonstrates Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion
  • 6th grade will be participating in Native American Structures
  • 7th grade will construct “human figures” using materials to display the body system
  • 8th grade create a wheel wonder, transfer of energy using an apparatus
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  • 3’s Preschool discussing Eggs and Chicks
  • 4’s Preschool will read “Rosie Revere: Engineer” and conduct experiments with marbles and ramps
  • Kindergarten Plant Seeds/ Dissect Lima Bean Seeds Compare roots/heights
  • 1st grade uses the Lego Robotics in programing and building
  • 2nd grade uses the activity with paper airplanes
  • 3rd grade Prairie Plant
  • 4th grade will be designing bridges, building structures and towers
  • 5th grade designs music using bottles
  • 6th grade will be participating in Energy Transfer
  • 7th grade design a building: a Space Station or a Planet Habitat, Egg Lander, Homestead Act – Develop Plat Plan, Choose Character from A Christmas Carol and develop monologue
  • 8th grade create their own Homestead from the Homestead Act, using
    different forms of matter in developing a rap song with motions and sounds, Crime Scene Investigation of different situations around the school

STEAM Photos

Click here to see pictures of students involved in STEAM projects.