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MISSION STATEMENT:

The goal of science education is to develop within students an understanding of the world around us by fostering curiosity, developing inquiry skills, and creating an excitement for learning science.

Course Description

The STEAM lab is essentially a science lab that focuses on using hands on materials to learn about or our world and to design solutions to real world challenges. Each science unit uses the different parts of STEAM every day, but each day of the unit will focus on a particular part.

The Science focus involves learning how our world works through a variety of media.

The Technology focus has 2 parts: First, students will be looking into the progress human have made in dealing with the current topic, Second, students will use the classroom technology to study each topic further and complete projects based on science careers.

The Engineering focus has students using what they have learned to explore different solutions to real world problems using hands on materials and modeling.

The Art focus deals with the development of critical thinking in problem solving, cultural understanding and awareness, and creative experiences and expression for the purpose of cultivating a lifelong appreciation of the arts.

The Math focus centers on tracking our progress in each experiment and measuring the effect of each variable we test.

STEAM Unit Summaries
-We may switch the order around to to adjust for being at BIS and sharing common spaces and resources with teachers.
 
 

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

1. Becoming STEM Explorers

Students are introduced to STEM and conduct basic investigations of the classroom and each other.

2. Five senses Unit

Five senses – The students identify and try out their 5 senses in various activities.

3. Water Cycle and Physical Sciences Unit

Water-cycle song and dance

Feeling the water cycle

Solids, Liquids, Gasses

Sink or Float

Light and Rainbows

4. Weather and Seasons Unit

Fishing Season – Students use magnets to fish seasonal clues from the kiddie pool and then match the clues to a chart for the 4 seasons.

Seasonal Stations, Fall Focus,

Preparing for winter

Halloween fun

5. Different Continents Unit

Each Continent’s Physical Features

Local vs. Global

Different Ecosystems

Comparing the different habitats, animals, and weather.

How people live in different environments.

6. Space Unit

Planets and Stars

Space Shuttles and Astronauts- What people need to take with them in order to survive.

The moon

7. Landforms Unit

Mountains, Valleys, and Plains, Oh My!

Volcanoes!

Magnetic Mountain Climbers

8. Plant and Insects Unit

Sprouting Plants

Plant Parts

Plant Comparison

Life Cycles

9. Animals Unit

Different Habitats

Animals and Their Babies

Animal Tracking

Animal Bingo

1. Becoming STEM Explorers

a. Students are introduced to STEM and conduct basic investigations of the classroom and each other.

b. What is matter?

c. Density Lab-Students research the properties of solids, liquids, and gasses.

2. STEM Chefs

a. Why is food so important? Students learn about how food nourishes their bodies and gives the energy.

b. How does cooking change food? Students learn how food is changed (taste, safety, chemically, texture, etc) through different forms of cooking.

c. Dirt made my lunch. Students about how nutrients move through ecosystems.

3. STEM Mechanics

a. My foot or your foot? –Students discover the need for standardized measurements.

b. Let’s move it! - Students learn about and create tools for moving assorted objects through different challenges.

c. Can you build it? – Students test their engineering skills in crafting small projects.

4. STEM Broadcasters

a. Can you hear me now? - Students experiment and track how sounds travel through assorted media.

b. Hidden Message? – Students design ways to communicate with each other and practice their decoding skills as they try and send “secret” messages across the room.

5. STEM Detectives

a. The Great Scale Investigation-students measure the world around them and discover that terms like large and small are simply matters of your reference point.

b. Balancing Act-Students experiment with weight and volume.

c. Land, Sea, and Air- Students create model crafts and measure the distances they can travel over land, over/under water, and through the air.

6. STEM Astronauts

a. Lost in Space – Students use various media to explore our local solar system.

b. Packing up – Students devise ways to travel and survive in space.

c. Are we there yet? Students continue to research what humans need to survive in space and explore the vast distances.

7. STEM Solar Engineers

a. Lightbulb – Students explore the different ways light is made and how it is used.

b. Solar power part 1- Students learn about different ways humans have used the sun.

c. Solar Power part 2- Students create model inventions that operate on solar power.

8. STEM Botanists

a. Bean Races – Students work to grow the tallest beanstalk while tracking the relevant data.

b. Plant Lab – Students experiment with the functions of different plant parts.

c. Green Thumb – Students will learn how to grow and care for simple plants.

9. STEM Zookeepers

a. Animal report part1- Students conduct research on an animal form a teacher provided list.

b. Animal report part 2- Students refine their research and make a small project to show what they have learned.

c. Animal report part 3- Student share what they have learned with one another.

1. Becoming STEM Explorers

a. Students are introduced to STEM and conduct basic investigations of the classroom and each other.

b. What is energy?

c. Energy Lab-Students compare how different forms of energy affect solids, liquids, and gasses.

2. STEM Chefs

a. STEM Gourmet- Students examine the matter that their food is composed of and devise ways to change it properties.

b. How does cooking change food? Students learn how food is changed (taste, safety, chemically, texture, etc) through different forms of cooking.

c. I can’t eat that! Students identify and manipulate the properties of materials. Examples of properties include, strength, flexibility, hardness, texture, and absorbency.

3. STEM Mechanics

a. Top Gear –Students design, build, and use simple machines

b. As the World Turns- Students use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.

c. Can you build it 2! – Students test their engineering skills in crafting small projects following the Earth events theme from earlier.

4. STEM Broadcasters

a. Earth’s Systems – Students describe a system as being made of multiple parts that work together.

b. Water cycle Wonders- Students investigate and report on features of our planets water cycle.

c. Wacky Weather- Students explore local and global weather phenomena.

5. STEM Detectives

a. Math Mysteries-investigate phenomena where the facts do not seem to add up.

b. What is happening to planet!? Students look at local pollution issues and how they can be corrected.

c. Land, Sea, and Air…. Pollution- Students design ways to clean up our global environment.

6. STEM Astronauts

a. Nine, Ten, Eleven? – Students compare the planets of our solar system and learn how to determine whether space objects are planets or something else.

b. Weigh in – Students learn how everyday activities may be different on various planets.

c. Are we there yet? Students continue to research what humans need to survive in space and explore the vast distances.

7. STEM Solar Engineers

a. Beyond the rainbow – Students will experiment with light at different wavelengths.

b. Solar Power is Back! - Part 1- Students learn about different ways humans have used the sun.

c. Solar Power is Back! - Part 2- Students create model inventions that operate on solar power.

8. STEM Botanists

a. Amazing plants- Students model ways plants depend on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around.

b. Mad scientist-Student design their own plants after studying the diversity of living things in each of a variety of different habitats.

9. STEM Zookeepers

a. Animal Adaptions-Students model the ways that animals have adapted to their ecosystems.

b. Mad Scientists 2-Student design their own animals after studying the diversity of living things in each of a variety of different habitats

c. Animal extravaganza- Students display their work in a science convention style setting.

 
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