Full STEAM Ahead at Elementary Schools

Full STEAM Ahead at Elementary Schools
Posted on 11/22/2021
From after-school coding clubs to STEM nights to building models of levees, elementary students in Douglas County experience hands-on science in many engaging ways.

At Annette Winn Elementary, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) lessons are embedded at each grade level and aligned with the curriculum calendar units, with the goal of enhancing the understanding of topics, vocabulary, subject materials and real-life situations. In third grade, students created a wind barrier to prevent wind erosion.

They used observations to determine the texture, particle size and color of the soils and learned how water and wind can change rocks and soil over time.

Students at Chapel Hill Elementary enjoyed a presentation by Michael Green, aka "The Science Machine." The hands-on activities and exciting experiments captivated students.

"From start to finish, kinder to fifth grade, The Science Machine showcases that science is for everyone," said Principal K'Asha Davis. "The Science Machine provides detailed explanations, builds students' scientific literacy and instills a love for science." 
"The Science Machine" with student
Mason Creek Elementary hosted a STEM Night on November 4 to highlight STEM and STEAM careers. Students learned about electricity, coding, robots, space, rivers, water cycle, life cycles of plants, engineering and cells.

The event was a collaboration with many businesses and organizations, including a local power company, a coding club, environmental contractors, a chef and farmers.
Thanks to Georgia Tech, some students learned about the solar system by playing games and using virtual reality goggles.

At Sweetwater Elementary, students in third through fifth grade may join the Girls Who Code club. The club promotes a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models using computer science to change the world. Around 20 girls are currently meeting after school every Wednesday.

"We are on a mission to close the gender gap in tech and also to boost self-esteem and confidence," said Assistant Principal Tameka Scott.

STEAM students
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