Target 1 – Student Centered Learning: FWSU students will engage in personalized 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.
Indicators of Success – Students are engaged in answering authentic questions and solving problems in collaborative settings.
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Individually, each discipline is an essential component of a child’s education. The subjects become far more meaningful, however, when students work to identify the connections between all four disciplines.
During this interdisciplinary approach, students address real-world problems that require them to become scientists, digital citizens, engineers and mathematicians. As they approach a meaningful problem through these four lenses, they begin to discover the interconnectedness of the subjects and their ability to use this knowledge not only in that moment, but also in their quest to solve future problems.
At Fletcher, building a STEM vocabulary and knowledge base begins in preschool. Today, using “ramps” and “stackers” students worked to design a course that would allow a wooden ball to move the greatest length. They practiced and increased their vocabulary for units of measurement (distance, speed, etc.) and discussed the relationship between the height of the starting point of the ball and it’s ultimate speed and distance. Along the way, they made countless modifications based on experimentation and observations as they discussed their scientific theories and predictions. The teacher used digital technology to record the experience for later use in the classroom.
Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with relevant problem-solving increases student engagement in school. STEM concepts and activities are also easy for families to have fun with at home and in the car … just about anywhere. Check out these suggested activities.