Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning. FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.
Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff.
Indicator of Success – Students and staff will apply existing knowledge to create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
STEM Coach JoAnn Harvey and Art Teacher Dorsey Hogg are building STEAM with GEMS students. They collaboratively plan units to help students to make greater connections involving the natural world and all aspects of their learning. Second graders recently learned that their observations as a scientist was directly linked to their observations as an artist.
While working in the Science “Lightbulb” Lab, students learned about interdependent relationships in the ecosystem and how plants rely on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around. Children dissected flowers, identified the parts of plants that carry pollen, and acted as engineers to design hand-pollinators for specific flowers.
As part of their study, both Mrs. Harvey and Mrs. Hogg shared the importance of using observational skills, how scientists apply those techniques while in the field, and how artists apply those techniques in the studio.
STEAM integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.