Standard 7


PROJECT-BASED LEARNING AND INQUIRY: Students engage collaboratively in authentic inquiry during ongoing units of study.

- Increased opportunities for STEM in all content areas

As we have grown our STEM to be school inclusive, it has become the philosophy of Beaufort Elementary School to teach students to work together collaboratively on a common task. As a school, we use Problem Based Learning (PBL) through the Engineering Design Process. 


It enhances team building and being able to think critically when solving problems. STEM challenges create opportunities for classroom teachers to provide an environment where students work collaboratively, communicate with one another, and give feedback to each other. Students work through the Engineering Design Process as they design and create solutions to problems. STEM provides the opportunity for student-driven learning by the teacher providing a problem with given parameters, and students then work collaboratively to plan and design a solution. Students conduct research to determine the best possible materials or processes for the solution. This research may include experimentation where students utilize inquiry skills. Communication and questioning by students are essential to the process. 



STEM Bins provide our younger grades an opportunity to engage collaboratively with materials that can be used to solve a problem or challenge. The tasks in these bins encourage students to use inquiry skills while asking questions about how they can solve problems in multiple ways. Experiences like this help our students become intrinsic problem solvers. 

While students do participate in many STEM learning experiences that involve real world problems, we would like to include more problems that have local impact and are more relevant to our community.