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




What Does It Looks Like?

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.) work 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 STEM into her instruction. One example is our River of Words project.  Students learn about our unique ecosystem and are inspired to create a poem or an art piece.  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 technology device district, so we are able to utilize the programs 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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4 Cs

Strengths

Our strength is that our entire faculty is committed to the concept of integrating STEM into their curriculum.  We are fortunate that we are in a district that can provide various up to date technology that we can utilize for STEM learning.

Sustainability

Administration and the leadership team are dedicated to ensuring that our school is a STEM school.  STEM is written into the school’s vision statement.  Funding and professional development continues to be focused on these areas.

Challenges

Though the focus is on STEM integration there is always an opportunity to increase the level of consistent participation throughout the entire building.

Continuous Improvement

The school will continue to provide professional development to ensure that our vision correlates to our practices.