During the month of May, BFA Fairfax 5th graders traveled to the Vermont Air National Guard base to participate in a science program known as STARBASE. During their 4 days at STARBASE students participated in a variety of hands-on STEM activities that incorporated science and engineering practices. Students conducted several experiments and investigations that required … Continue reading StarBase Lift Off!
Fletcher Falcons soared this year! Fifth and sixth graders attended Starbase this February. Students were on the airbase, in South Burlington, as part of this exciting five-day program. Starbase is an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Defense. Fletcher fifth and sixth graders spent about 25 hours in the Starbase facility and the instructors also … Continue reading Fletcher Falcons Soar!
As part of Technology Tuesdays at Fletcher Elementary, Mrs. Palermo's 5th and 6th grade students have been learning all about geocaching.
Wednesday Exploratory Experiences at #BFAirfax Elementary focuses on #flexiblelearningenvironments and #transferableskills
One of the most exciting aspects of FWSU is the level of innovation our students get to experience and lead. Two years ago, before joining FWSU was even a thought, I was invited to visit some of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) spaces across the district. Our former Superintendent Ned Kirsch was, without … Continue reading The Spirit of Innovation
This year, the Middle School at GEMS is starting a new initiative to increase opportunities to build relationships and connections during our lunch and wellness time. Each week, students will have choices for their recess or wellness with supervised activities like the walking path, team games, yoga, or dance. Then lunchtimes for groups and clubs … Continue reading Bringing Choice and Connection to GEMS Middle School
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. … Continue reading THE FWSU Story: GEMS Students Use STEM Problem Solving Methods
In fifth grade at BFA Fairfax, every student completes a 6-7 week Lego Mindstorms robots unit. This opportunity grew from the makerspace that was created by Rhonda Siemons, Kendra Myers, Victoria Reynolds and Sandy Brown in 2016 with the encouragement and support from then FWSU Superintendent, Ned Kirsch and current elementary principal, Tom Walsh. The … Continue reading The FWSU Story: Do you Mindstorm? We do!