THE FWSU Story: GEMS Students Use STEM Problem Solving Methods

STEM is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that keeps students engaged and learning through a “plan, design, and improve” method of solving a problem. Throughout this flow students apply their current knowledge, build and test their thinking, and then make improvements from information they’ve attained. 

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The incorporation of these content areas along with “problem-solving” questions provides a great learning opportunity for students that becomes engaging, collaborative, and thought-provoking.

In Georgia, teachers work exclusively with their STEM coach to plan and collaborate on the implementation and cross cutting approach to embedding all disciplines. 

Here, 4th graders work to answer the question, “How to create an earthquake resistant building incurring the least amount of damage.”

To test their thoughts…..Their structures will undergo this earthquake test:

Many modifications to existing structures occurred as students discussed why structures failed and how they could make improvements. 

Steve Emery is the Elementary Principal of Georgia Elementary Middle School. He is a regular contributor to THE FWSU STORY.

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