STEAM is science and technology interpreted through engineering and the
arts, all based in mathematical elements. But STEAM is also much more.
Children who study STEAM develop a variety of skills essential for
success, including critical thinking, problem solving, creativity,
innovation and collaboration.
Each week, Schoharie Elementary students learn through focused
activities in their school's STEAM lab. Students in each grade level
were introduced to the stages of engineering design, then solved a
problem by asking, imagining, planning, creating and improving.
Kindergartners learned how to
engineer, create and test their own sunshades by investigating the
difference between ice cubes left in the sun and shade.
1st graders competed to build the
tallest tower using only 11 plastic cups and 20 tongue depressors.
The winner was 39 inches tall.
2nd graders read "Those Darn
Squirrels" by Adam Rubin, then created models of squirrel-proof bird
feeders, including some with security cameras.
3rd graders read "Hikaru’s Toy
Troubles", then studied ways to make intersections safer for
pedestrians and motorists.
4th graders teamed up to create
vehicles powered only by the air released from a balloon.
5th graders became aerospace
engineers, investigated the effect of weight upon rockets and toured
the International Space Station.
6th graders learned about circuitry
and coding by creating a book or game to teach something to a
kindergartner using Makey Makeys (a circuit system that works off a
USB port), a Chromebook, Scratch software and
arts and crafts supplies.