Logan Elementary School- STEM Challenge
Two years ago Logan Elementary School started a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Committee. The team of teachers look for, create and welcome students to solve problems, build and create. The STEM Committee invites students to come to school early to work on STEM Challenges. The challenges range from early elementary to upper elementary and sometimes combine both. Parents are invited to attend and observe their children work in teams to solve and/or work through the STEM challenges. For example, students in grades 4, 5, & 6 were challenged to create a chair using newspaper and duct tape that an adult could sit in. The student designed, created, went back to the drawing board and redesigned and recreated to meet the challenge. Multiple groups were able to design and create chairs that an adult could sit in. The chairs are on display in the showcase. K, 1, 2, & 3 students were challenged to build a tower using candy corn and toothpicks. The students were able to use an unlimited supply of candy corn and toothpicks. The challenge was to build the tallest tower in a specific amount of time. The students had a great time working collaboratively on this project. The STEM committee continuously looks for ways to create a collaborative engaging learning experience for the students.
Girls STEM DAY
Lego League Competition
First LEGO League Club explores STEM activities and builds with LEGOs all the while fostering cooperation, communication, and team-building skills. Our competition team members has designed, built, and modified a LEGO robot. Students coded the robot to complete specific missions on the “Into Orbit” challenge field. In addition, team members have researched a problem specific to long-term space exploration and developed a solution. The FIRST LEGO League competition is scheduled for January 12th at the Altoona Area Junior High School.
Baker Elementary SchoolHour of Code was a success! Students were engaged in a short video about how coding works and the impact it has on our daily lives and future careers. They then had the opportunity to experience coding for themselves. Students from all ability levels showed interest and success. Through their newly learned coding skills, students used their Snoopy characters to gather snowballs and throw them at the snowmen in order to advance to the next level. This truly was an excellent opportunity for students to be immersed in this 21st century skill.On Friday, November 30th, Baker students participated in the school district's first STEM Day for Girls. While the girls were busy learning and completing various activities all geared around STEM, the boys were participating in an Hour of Code. This activity allowed the boys an opportunity to also have experience with STEM activities. The Hour of Code had students access the website code.org to practice critical thinking skills in order to create codes to program various characters to move and complete certain tasks and actions. The boys were very much engaged and excited about this event.