STEM at PCES
PCES is embracing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives in our school. We have incorporated STEM in many different areas.
Video Transcription: CIA day at Peachtree City Elementary - Curiosity-driven, Innovative Adventures. STEM - Science, technology, engineering, and math activity. Project - Build tallest freestanding tower you can to support a marshmallow using only pasta, string, and tape. Classrooms are buzzing with energy - Students work in teams using creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. (Children inaudibly chatting about their projects.) Will they do it? Mission accomplished! Evaluation of successes and failures. (Students and teacher questioning and explaining what happened the projects.) STEM - Science, technology, engineering, and math activity complete.
What is STEM?
Science is our natural world— sun, moon and stars…lands and oceans…weather, natural disasters, the diversity of nature, animals (large, small, microbial)…plants and food…the fuel that heats our homes and powers transportation…The list is almost endless. In today’s world, technology means computers and smartphones, but it goes back to television, radio, microscopes, telegraph, telescopes, the compass, and even the first wheel. Yes, engineering designs buildings, roads, and bridges, but it also tackles today’s challenges of transportation, global warming and environment-friendly machines, appliances and systems. We only have to look around to see what improvements to our lives and our homes have been engineered in the last decade alone. We encounter mathematics at the grocery store, the bank, on tax forms, in dealing with investments and the family budget. Every other STEM field depends on mathematics.
STEM is important, because it pervades every aspect of our lives. Courses need to be taught by engaged and enthusiastic teachers using hands-on and minds-on activities. Making science and math courses fun and interesting will not only help students to learn, but might also plant the “seed of interest” that could grow into an exciting and rewarding STEM career.