A spotlight on STEM at Alden Terrace
Kindergartners at Alden Terrace School are being exposed to science, technology, engineering and math in a new way, through monthly Spotlight on STEM lessons led by their teachers.
Since September, the students have taken part in a variety of hands-on lessons, learning about leaf pigment through a leaf chromatography experiment, a “polar bear plunge” where they created blubber, snow making and more. Teachers aligned each topic of study with a related book to reinforce important concepts. The classes enjoyed reading several books, including “Good Morning, Little Polar Bear.”
Recently, Sharon Giblin’s and Lauren Munoz’s classes conducted a Gum Drop Challenge. The student-scientists reviewed different shapes with their teachers before creating a blueprint of the shape they wanted to construct. Using gum drops and toothpicks, the students began creating, squares, rectangles, stars and other shapes.
Principal Shawnée Warfield said the lessons, which coincide with the district’s STEAMS (science, technology, engineering, arts, math and sustainability) initiative, are truly engaging the young scholars and have taken student learning to the next level.
- Alden Terrace School kindergartner Trinity Robinson received assistance from teacher Sharon Giblin.
2. Alden Terrace School kindergartner Rachel Louisius was proud of the square she created.
3. Alden Terrace School kindergartners Logan Clarke (left) and Logan Mullings worked together to build a large structure.
4. Alden Terrace School kindergartner Tahseem Morton created a star using the gum drops and toothpicks.
5. Alden Terrace School kindergarten teacher Lauren Munoz is pictured with students during a recent Spotlight on STEM activity.
6. Alden Terrace School kindergarten teacher Sharon Giblin and Principal Shawnée Warfield admired the students work.