K-6 STEM Innovation Lab Woodstock Elementary School
The Woodstock Elementary School STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Lab and Makerspace is an exciting initiative that will infuse the STEM disciplines into the broader curriculum. We have established an innovative engineering learning lab in its own dedicated space, preparing our students today with the critical thinking, designing, engineering and problem solving skills they need to fill the jobs of tomorrow!
In STEM recently, K-2nd grade students were able to participate in a visiting workshop from the Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP), where they were able to study wind power. Kindergartners created "pin wheels" while first and second grade students engineered sail "boats" to maximize their power and efficiency. It was a very fun day. Many thanks to Julian Leon of VEEP!
Fifth and sixth graders have been studying robotics for several weeks. It is part of a larger project where Mrs Giller (literacy teacher) has been having the students argue for or against the colonization of Mars. They watched the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch, and are modeling the solar system in science with Jill Kurash.
Fourth grade has been studying electricity, conductivity, and insulating materials. We discovered that human bodies conduct electricity (in small amounts) and so does a special kind of play-dough, called squishy circuits.
Students in our Engineering Club have worked with the 5th and 6th grade literacy teacher to create a holder for her charts and large posters. They designed it specifically to her specs, and checked with her periodically during the construction process. She loves it!