Standard 11

STANDARD 11

STEM DISCIPLINE INTEGRATION: STEM learning experiences integrate all STEM disciplines with an emphasis on processes and practices associated with STEM. 

INITIATIVES/ACTIONS: 
- One to one device initiative
- Participation in training for using 3 -D technologies
- Teaching children collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking skills across content areas




At Beaufort Elementary, we believe that it is important to utilize STEM practices to help learners develop the 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking, as they are engaged in problem-solving activities. STEM practices are also used to develop SEPs (science and engineering practices) and mathematical process standards. In order to reach these goals, we have provided professional development planning time in which teachers have the opportunity to collaborate on STEM units that incorporate standards from across the curriculum with a focus on STEM practices. In our Engineering, Computer Science, and Lego Lab classes, students are exposed to various problems in which they utilize their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math skills, concepts of design, creating builds, and testing solutions. Our other special area teachers (music, art, and P.E.) have begun to intentionally incorporate STEM processes and practices within their curriculum. The P.E. teacher has the students use their problem solving and gross motor skills as they participate in a lesson called Lava Lake. The lava is coming and the students must get across the hot lava without being burned. They creatively use the given materials to figure out a way to get everyone safely home. In art, the teacher purposefully is including STEAM into her instruction. The music teacher purposefully looks for songs that are STEM-related so the children can reinforce their STEM learning through song. We are a one-to-one district so we are able to utilize technology that these devices provide to enhance learning throughout the design process. In addition, we incorporate the use of 3-D printing technologies to enhance students' solutions to various problems.

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Lava Lake  Lava Lake

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Though all this is happening, there is always an opportunity to increase the level of consistent participation throughout the entire building.