What happens after a group of St. Mary's teachers go to school.....again? They come back with fantastic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) projects for their students to explore, experience, and gain knowledge. This is the second year that the team of teachers from St. Mary's participated in the yearlong classes offered by the College of St. Mary's. The first year covered Life and Physical Sciences. This year was Physics and Engineering.
Thanks to the staff and benefactors of the College of St. Mary's, the teachers and students of St. Mary's School of Bellevue have the opportunity to enhance our Science Curriculum.
This lesson was about building a Tower for the fourth grade Birthday Spider, Harry. Students were given 50 index cards and 12 inches of tape with the criteria of engineering a tower at least 20 inches high that would support Harry for 30 seconds.
Nothing else was provided and no other direction given. Students explored and reflected for a few days on what worked and what didn’t work. They used collaboration, scientific strategies, problem solving skills, critical thinking skills, and teamwork strategies.
Teachers cannot wait to see what they will learn next and share with their students.