Using engineering practices in their virtual learning environment, elementary schoolers throughout the district have been designing and creating very impressive projects! Watch these videos to see these ambitious engineers in action.
Computer Science Week
Students throughout the district recently focused on strengthening their computer-coding and programming skills during the nationally recognized “Computer Science Week.”
At Bosti and Duffield elementary schools, students of all grade levels engaged in the national “Hour of Code” initiative. Students were given the option to choose from one of two programs, with one of them being a Grinch-themed game that asked the future-engineers to use coding blocks in order to animate the Grinch and his dog, Max. According to their website, the Hour of Code is a globally recognized initiative that positively impacts more than 180 countries.
Second-grade students enrolled in Kathryn Minerva’s class at Slocum elementary school recently engaged in an unplugged activity in which they created cars with Legos with the goal in mind of making them “sail” successfully. The students were offered two different sized sails in their kit, large and small, and predicted which would allow their vessel to travel more quickly across the table-top “lake.”
Help for students!
Resources for Teachers
- Illustrative math: www.illustrativemathematics.org
- National library of virtual manipulatives: http://nlvm.usu.edu
- NCTM Illuminations activities for pc: http://illuminations.nctm.org
- Learn Zillion videos and lessons
Family STEM Games and Activities
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